Worldwide Caution Issued December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy in France reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal ...
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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Brussels, Vienna, and Paris, December 4-8, 2017

Secretary Tillerson travels to Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; and Paris, France, December 4-8. On December 4, he arrived in Brussels, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend the  December 5-6 NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting . While in Brussels, he will also meet with senior Belgian officials, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and ...
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European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Native American Heritage Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Native American Heritage Month National Native American Heritage Month, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation American Indians and Alaska Natives are inextricably linked with the history of the United States. Beginning with the ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria from November 14-21. In Paris, the Deputy Secretary will advocate for the Minnesota-USA 2023 Expo Bid and hold bilateral meetings. He will then travel to Khartoum, where he will ...
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Minnesota, seeking to host the Specialized Expo in 2023 focused on health and wellness

On October 5, Chargé d’Affaires Brent Hardt hosted a reception to show support for Minnesota’s bid to host the 2023 Specialized Expo. Minnesota presented it’s project to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), based in Paris, under the themes of health and wellness with the banner “HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY PLANET.” The state is in competition with the ...
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The United States makes a contribution to the Council of Europe to fight cybercrime

The U.S. Department of State made a new contribution of $500,000 to the Council of Europe to fight cybercrime. Since 2014 the United States has contributed a total of $1,804,000 to fight cybercrime within the framework of the Council of Europe activities. The institution is based in Strasbourg, France.
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha – Press Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha   As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is a special time when millions of Muslims perform acts of charity, remember those ...
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The Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day

The Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. Please dial 01-43-12-22-22 in case of emergencies. How Labor Day is celebrated in America – By ShareAmerica  – Aug 28, 2017 The U.S. celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday in September. The day reminds Americans of the importance of workers’ rights and offers them ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Delivers Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom… [W]e pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations. ISIS’ brutal treatment of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East has drawn a great degree of attention over the last few years. The 2016 Annual Report details these atrocities.
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NATO Allies pay more toward the common defense

By  Christopher Connell  – Jul 3, 2017 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s European members and Canada have increased their defense spending 4.3 percent in 2017 — a step toward the goal of ensuring all nations invest equitably in defense. “We have started to move in the right direction …. and we intend to keep it up,” ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

In releasing the  2017 Trafficking in Persons report , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called  human trafficking  “one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.” The report assesses trafficking in 187 countries, including the United States, and emphasizes the need to hold traffickers accountable and prosecute them. Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who joined Tillerson for the report ...
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Postwar Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe marks 70th anniversary

In an 11-minute speech at Harvard University 70 years ago, general-turned-statesman George Marshall laid the groundwork for a recovery plan for Europe which created bonds that have linked the continent with the United States ever since. Marshall chose that low-key occasion on June 5, 1947, to announce the massive U.S. aid program to reconstruct Europe ...
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President Trump’s Ramadan message

President Donald J. Trump wished all Muslims “a joyful Ramadan” upon the start of the Muslim holy month. “During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities,” President Trump said in a May 26 statement . “At its core, the ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but ...
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President Trump Travels to the Middle East and Europe

President Trump will embark this Friday, May 19th, on a nine-day trip that will take him to Riyadh, Jerusalem, Rome, Brussels, and Taormina. The visit to Saudi Arabia will reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and allow the leaders to discuss issues of strategic concern, including efforts to defeat terrorist ...
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Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and death by the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

The White House, Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C., April 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to address a wide range of issues of mutual concern.  The leaders discussed the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and the urgent security challenge posed by North Korea.  The President also ...
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Video – WWI / They Deserve Their Own Memorial

Transcript of the voice over: They were called “Doughboys.” Then, as now, no one was exactly sure why. Like their name, their heroic deeds fade from memory. People and places etched in a thousand local memorials across our nation…seen, but seldom noticed. Faded monuments to a war that changed everything. The Doughboys named it “The ...
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April 6, 2017: The 100th Anniversary of the American Entry into World War I

Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, formally bringing the United States into World War I, a conflict that had been ongoing for nearly three years. When the war began in 1914—pitting the Allied powers of France, Great Britain and Russia against Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire—most Americans simply wanted to keep ...
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The United States Condemns the Attack in St. Petersburg, Russia

Press Statement by Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC, April 3, 2017 The United States condemns today’s reprehensible attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro system. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured in the attack and with the Russian people.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Remarks to NATO-Ukraine Commission

Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to represent the United States at this important meeting on Ukraine. Three years ago, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine shook the very foundations of security and stability in Europe. Today, Russia’s ongoing hostility and occupation is compromising our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, ...
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Uzra Zeya, Chargé d’Affaires Visit to JECWorld2017, the Composite Material Trade Show in Paris

Mrs Uzra Zeya, Chargé d ‘Affaires at the United States Embassy in Paris, visited the US Pavilion at  #JECWorld2017 , the most important composite material trade show in the world. The Commercial Department of the US Embassy in Paris set up the U.S. Pavilion, which hosted 41 different businesses from 15 States. This was the opportunity ...
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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 06, 2017 PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and ...
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How the new travel order works

How the new travel order works   By Christopher Connell – Mar 7, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order on March 6 that pauses the admission of foreign nationals from six countries to allow the U.S. government to review and strengthen the vetting process used to scrutinize visa applications. (State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)