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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager At the Fifth U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Ministerial Meeting

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager At the Fifth U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Ministerial Meeting

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It is wonderful to have our friends and colleagues from the EU here in Washington for our Trade and Technology Council number five. Let me just say at the outset, in the challenge of these times it is particularly valuable and appreciated by the United States to have in the EU a partner of first resort, not last resort.  And if we look at the many challenges that we’re working on closely together, we know that we reinforce each other, and that makes a big difference.  We, obviously, have a partnership that’s built on commonly…
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DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships Awards Students Working to Prevent Targeted Violence in Sixth Invent2Prevent Competition

DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships Awards Students Working to Prevent Targeted Violence in Sixth Invent2Prevent Competition

DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships Awards Students Working to Prevent Targeted Violence in Sixth Invent2Prevent Competition Release Date: January 25, 2024 Since 2021, Over 1,200 Students in 32 States Created Projects to help prevent targeted violence and terrorism in their communities WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, January 24, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), hosted 27 students selected as finalists from three out of 18 universities and three out of 24 high schools who are developing innovative projects to help prevent targeted violence and terrorism in their communities. The students are finalists…
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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly

Statement from President Joe Biden on the Restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly

I welcome and strongly support the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly at Stormont, and I commend the political leaders of Northern Ireland for taking the necessary steps to restore these core institutions. As I said when I visited Belfast last year to mark the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, the democratic institutions it established remain critical for the future of Northern Ireland, and a government that finds ways through hard problems together will draw even greater opportunity to Northern Ireland. I look forward to seeing the renewed stability of a power-sharing government that strengthens the peace…
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U.S. Special Envoy Kennedy Travels to Ireland

U.S. Special Envoy Kennedy Travels to Ireland

U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs Joseph Kennedy, III is on official travel to Belfast and Dublin January 30 to February 2. In Belfast, Special Envoy Kennedy is engaging with an array of business and industry leaders, Chamber of Commerce members, and young entrepreneurs. The trip will include visits to Queens University Belfast and Stranmillis University College. In Dublin, Special Envoy Kennedy will participate in a fireside chat with Ambassador Claire Cronin. His trip will focus on Northern Ireland business and investment priorities for 2024 and highlight the continued, important role U.S. investors play in preserving the…
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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly

Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Latest House Republican Bill

For months the administration has been working with a bipartisan group of Senators on a national security agreement that secures our border and provides support for the people of Ukraine and Israel. Just as legislative text is imminent, the House Republicans come up with their latest cynical political maneuver. The security of Israel should be sacred, not a political game. We strongly oppose this ploy which does nothing to secure the border, does nothing to help the people of Ukraine defend themselves against Putin’s aggression, and denies humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians, the majority of them women and children, which the…
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Imposing Sanctions on Burma’s Military Regime Three Years After the Military Coup

Imposing Sanctions on Burma’s Military Regime Three Years After the Military Coup

The United States is today designating four individuals and two entities linked to Burma’s military regime.  We are taking this action to target the regime’s sources of revenue which support military activities against civilians.  The action also targets those who provide material and support for the production of arms in Burma. Since the military coup d’etat on February 1, 2021, the military regime has continued to carry out a campaign of violence and repression against the people of Burma.  The military has conducted airstrikes that have killed hundreds of civilians.  Regime forces have burned tens of thousands of homes across…
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DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships Awards Students Working to Prevent Targeted Violence in Sixth Invent2Prevent Competition

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status Release Date: January 26, 2024 Redesignation Allows Additional Eligible Syrian Nationals to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents  WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months, from April 1, 2024, to September 30, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent individuals from safely returning. The corresponding Federal Register notice provides information about how to register as a new or current beneficiary for TPS…
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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly

Remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris at a Campaign Event | Wilmington, DE

Biden for President Campaign HeadquartersWilmington, Delaware THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Delaware!  (Applause.) Can we please give it up for Julie, who is an extraordinary human?  (Applause.) I have to tell you, I have worked with Julie for years, and she is someone who really just represents all that I know that we all stand for — about the people, about organizing, about coalition building, bringing people together, and the work that it requires around the clock.  Julie, thank you for all of your work.  (Applause.) And Mr. President, Dr. Biden, the first Second Gentleman of the United States — my husband.  (Laughs.)  (Applause.)   I…
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Designating IRGC-QF and Hizballah Financial Facilitators

Designating IRGC-QF and Hizballah Financial Facilitators

The United States is today designating three entities and one individual as part of a network generating funding for the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and Hizballah by selling Iranian commodities and receiving funds from the Syrian government. The IRGC-QF and its proxy network persist in their attempts to generate revenue from illicit commercial activity that funds terrorism and destabilizing activities in the region.  The United States remains committed to curbing these organizations’ ability to generate revenue. The Department of the Treasury action was taken pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended.  For more information on this designation, see…
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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly

Statement from President Joe Biden on the Passing of Namibian President Hage Geingob

Jill and I offer our deepest condolences to First Lady Monica Geingos and the rest of the Namibian people on the loss of President Hage Geingob. President Geingob was a fearless leader, fighting for independence, overseeing the drafting of the new nation’s constitution, and serving his country twice as prime minister and finally as president. He was an eloquent advocate for his country and continent, who stood up for his values and beliefs. We will continue to build on his legacy, strengthening our partnerships and shared vision for deeper mutual support. Throughout his life, he maintained close ties to the United States and the…
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