Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally.  We will continue to implement measures to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girls …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On “The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances”

MS HARMAN:  Good morning.  I’m Jane Harman, president and CEO of the Wilson Center.  Happy to be talking to a packed crowd and to welcome Secretary Rex Tillerson back to the Wilson Center.  As you know, Mr. Secretary, the Wilson Center has a tradition of honoring business and political leaders who follow our 28th president’s …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who …

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from violence. IDEVAW and the 16 Days …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the 9th Community of Democracies Governing Council Ministerial

Good morning, all, and welcome to the ninth ministerial of the meeting of the Community of Democracies. It’s really an honor for us to host this ministerial here in Washington in the United States for the first time, and so welcome to all of you, and we’re just delighted that you are here. I also …

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Secretary’s Remarks: On Sanctions Legislation

The near unanimous votes for the sanctions legislation in Congress represent the strong will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope that there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues and these sanctions will no longer be necessary. We will …

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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks at the World Petroleum Council Congress Opening Ceremony

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much for the very kind recognition, and it is a real delight to be with all of you this evening. I want to thank Dr. Toth. I certainly want to thank the World Petroleum Congress for this very prestigious award and the recognition. When I was notified that I …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson On the Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

The United States strongly condemns today’s deadly attack in Kabul. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, including our Afghan partners, members of the diplomatic and international communities, and many innocent Afghan citizens. We pray for a speedy recovery to the American and Afghan members …

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Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise hear. They are the guardians of democratic values and ideals. The …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Nowruz Message

I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year. Millions of people across the world, including communities in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, …

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