San Marino National Day

The United States has greatly valued its ties with San Marino, ties based on shared principles, ever since diplomatic relations were established between our two countries in 1861.  Noting that this year marked the 160th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s letter to the Captains Regent accepting their offer of honorary citizenship on May 7, 1861, we …

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2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Later this year, the Department of State will release an addendum to each 2020 country report that expands the subsection on women in Section 6, entitled “Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons,” to include a broader range of issues related to reproductive rights.  The addendum will cover maternal health issues such as maternal mortality, …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

I very much want to thank you, Lisa, and thank the many folks at the department, here in Washington but also around the world – in our embassies, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor – who researched, drafted, and edited these reports.  They brought not only their expert knowledge of the issues …

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Report: Governments target critics during COVID-19

After criticizing the Venezuelan government’s response to COVID-19 in April, human rights lawyer Iván Virgüez was arrested and tortured by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro. Chinese reporter Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan, China, in February 2020 to report on the city’s coronavirus outbreak and was later sentenced to four years in prison. The journalist’s …

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U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino Lewis Eisenberg

Most Excellent Captains Regent, Mr. Secretary, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to be here in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Marino.  Mr. Secretary, thank you for your words of welcome and friendship. The “Most Serene Republic” of San Marino is rightly proud to be regarded as the oldest surviving constitutional …

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U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg Met San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Minister, thank you very much for the opportunity to meet. I am very pleased to be in your country, which I understand is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world.  I am also pleased to know that as many as 10 percent of your country’s population is made up of American …

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Consul General Benjamin V. Wohlauer Attends the Changing of the Captains Regent Ceremony in San Marino and presents Credentials

On September 30, Consul General Benjamin V. Wohlauer traveled to San Marino to meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Nicola Renzi, Finance Minister Simone Celli, and Industry Minister Andrea Zafferani as well as outgoing San Marino’s Captains Regent Mimma Zavoli, and Vanessa D’Ambrosio.  Consul General Wohlauer presented his credentials, with his official letter of appointment as …

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On the Occasion of the Feast of San Marino

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we extend our best wishes to the Sammarinese people on the occasion of the Feast of San Marino. The United States values its partnership with San Marino and will continue to work with the Sammarinese people in promoting democracy, human rights, and economic prosperity …

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State Department Terrorist Designations of Tarek Sakr and Farah Mohamed Shirdon

The Department of State has designated Tarek Sakr and Farah Mohamed Shirdon as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the …

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Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Lucca and Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Lucca, Italy, April 9-11 to attend the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting provides a venue for the foreign ministers to discuss global political and security issues of mutual concern. Their discussions will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit which President …

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