On the Occasion of World Refugee Day

On the Occasion of World Refugee Day U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo June 20, 2019 On World Refugee Day, we recognize the plight of millions of refugees who have fled their homes due to conflict and persecution, and we reaffirm our commitment to provide life-saving ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

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2019 Trafficking in Persons Report: Cuba

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report: Cuba June 20, 2019 CUBA: Tier 3 The Government of Cuba does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore Cuba was downgraded to Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at SOUTHCOM Press Conference | Miami, FL

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READOUT: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release June 12, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister reiterated their mutual commitment to restoring democracy in Venezuela and Nicaragua.  ...
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United States Restricts Travel & Vessels to Cuba

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note June 4, 2019 United States Restricts Travel & Vessels to Cuba Today, the United States took strong action to prevent U.S. travel to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, security, and intelligence services by announcing new restrictions on authorized travel and vessels ...
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Treasury and Commerce Implement Changes to Cuba Sanctions Rules

U.S Department of the Treasury Press Releases June 4, 2019 Treasury and Commerce Implement Changes to Cuba Sanctions Rules WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) unveiled amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to further implement the President’s foreign policy on Cuba. These amendments complement changes ...
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Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2019

The White House Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2019 Issued on: May 31, 2019 During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we acknowledge the significant ways Caribbean Americans have shaped our culture and heritage. Americans with roots in the Caribbean have greatly enriched our society, contributing to the arts, business, journalism, technology, government, religion, the military, ...
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Protesting Restrictions on Cuban Political Prisoner Dr. Eduardo Cardet

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson May 27, 2019 The United States condemns the conditions placed on the movement and activities of Cuban human rights activist and political prisoner Dr. Eduardo Cardet. Cuban regime authorities not only unjustly sentenced Dr. Cardet to three years in ...
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Western Hemisphere: Remarks on “A New Era in the Americas” at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit

Western Hemisphere: Remarks on “A New Era in the Americas” at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit 05/13/2019 03:30 PM EDT Remarks Kimberly Breier Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Bogota, Colombia May 13, 2019 I am pleased to be with you today and am impressed with how many business, political, and civil society leaders from ...
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Treasury Identifies the Venezuelan Defense and Security Sector as Subject to Sanctions and Further Targets Venezuelan Oil Moving to Cuba

12 May 10, 2019 Washington – Today, Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, in consultation with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, and pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, as amended, determined that persons operating in the defense and security sector of the Venezuelan economy may be subject to sanctions. In addition, the Department of the ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Washington Conference on the Americas

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Washington Conference on the Americas U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C. May 7, 2019 3:36 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Great.  Thank you all.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Chairman Gluski.  Thank you for that wonderful introduction. To President-Elect Bukele, to Vice President Ramirez, to all the ...
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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2019 On World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press. A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy. Despite some progress, journalists around the world ...
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President Donald J. Trump Stands for Democracy in Venezuela

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2019 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP STANDS FOR DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA “The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side.” – President Donald J. Trump RESTORING DEMOCRACY AND PROSPERITY: President Donald J. Trump ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout May 1, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today, May 1, to discuss the situation in Venezuela. The Secretary ...
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Treasury Statement on Restoring Venezuelan Democracy

Treasury Statement on Restoring Venezuelan Democracy April 30, 2019 Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury issued a statement in support of efforts underway in Venezuela to restore democracy. This statement can be attributed to a Treasury spokesperson: “The United States stands with the Venezuelan people and interim President Juan Guaido in opposition to ...
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Department of State Updates the Cuba Restricted List

Department of State Updates the Cuba Restricted List Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2019 The Department of State has updated the Cuba Restricted List with five additional sub-entities owned by the Cuban military. The changes take effect today. The Department will continue to update the list as needed to ensure ...
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Telephonic Press Briefing with Senior State Department Official on the U.S. Policy Towards Cuba

Senior State Department Official U.S. Policy Towards Cuba Background Press Briefing April 17, 2019 Moderator:  Good morning, and greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida.  I am Lydia Barraza, the Director of the Miami Media Hub and the Spanish-language spokesperson.  I would like to welcome ...
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Treasury Targets Finances of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s Regime

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Treasury Targets Finances of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s Regime WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Laureano Ortega Murillo, the son of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, as well as Nicaraguan bank Banco Corporativo SA (BanCorp). Today’s ...
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Treasury Sanctions Central Bank of Venezuela and Director of the Central Bank of Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Treasury Sanctions Central Bank of Venezuela and Director of the Central Bank of Venezuela Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Banco Central de Venezuela, or the Central Bank of Venezuela, pursuant to E.O. 13850, as amended, for operating in the financial ...
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Additional Financial Sanctions Against Nicaragua

Additional Financial Sanctions Against Nicaragua Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 17, 2019 Today, the United States has affirmed its commitment to use all economic and diplomatic tools to promote accountability for the Ortega regime and to support the Nicaraguan people in their quest for freedom. The United States has sanctioned Laureano ...
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The United States Sanctions the Central Bank of Venezuela

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Ministerial for the “U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership”

Ministerial for the “U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership” Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2019 On April 12, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led an interagency team of United States senior officials and experts to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters in Miami, Florida, where he hosted ministers and disaster management officials ...
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Joint Statement: Ministerial of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership

Joint Statement: Ministerial of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2019 The text of the following joint statement was issued by the governments of the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, ...
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Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier

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Remarks to the Press

Remarks to the Press Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 17, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Welcome. I’m here to announce an important decision regarding the United States policy towards Cuba. In 1996, Congress passed the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, also known as Libertad. Until Title III of that ...
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Treasury Increases Pressure on Cuba to End Support to Maduro by Imposing Further Oil Sector Sanctions

Treasury Increases Pressure on Cuba to End Support to Maduro by Imposing Further Oil Sector Sanctions U.S Department of The Treasury Press Releases April 12, 2019 Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four companies that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy, pursuant to E.O. ...
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Nicolás Maduro: Corruption and Chaos in Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro: Corruption and Chaos in Venezuela U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 15, 2019 Fact Sheet “Maduro usurped power; he’s not the duly elected president. Juan Guaidó is the person that the Venezuelan people chose. America and now 54 other nations simply have ratified that, have said, ‘Yep, ...
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The United States Takes Action to End Cuba’s Malign Influence on Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Official For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE April 12, 2019 The United States Takes Action to End Cuba’s Malign Influence on Venezuela Today, the United States sanctioned four companies for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy and identified nine vessels as blocked property, pursuant to ...
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Remarks to the Press

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United States Provides Additional Humanitarian Aid to Venezuelans Who Have Fled Their Country

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The United States Sanctions Companies Enabling Shipment of Venezuelan Oil to Cuba

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Secretary Pompeo Extends For Two Weeks Title III Suspension with an Exception (LIBERTAD Act)

Secretary Pompeo Extends For Two Weeks Title III Suspension with an Exception (LIBERTAD Act) Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 3, 2019 Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced his decision to continue for two weeks, from April 18 through May 1, 2019, the current suspension with an exception of the ...
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United States Condemns Attacks on Interim President Guaido and National Assembly Members

United States Condemns Attacks on Interim President Guaido and National Assembly Members Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 26, 2019 The United States condemns the attacks on Interim President Juan Guaido’s caravan and the harassment of National Assembly deputies and members of the media. We are monitoring reports of these ...
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Concerns for Detained U.S. Persons in Venezuela

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson March 22, 2019 Concerns for Detained U.S. Persons in Venezuela The United States is gravely concerned about the welfare and safety of all U.S. persons detained in Venezuela, and by reports of Venezuelan prison officials preventing attorneys and ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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Cuba 2018 Human Rights Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cuba is an authoritarian state led by Miguel Diaz-Canel, president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers, with former president Raul Castro serving as the first secretary of the Communist Party (CP). Cuba has a one-party system in which the constitution recognizes the CP as the only legal party and the ...
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Remarks to the Press

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State Department Updates the Cuba Restricted List

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Observance of International Women’s Day

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Secretary Enacts 30-Day Suspension of Title III (LIBERTAD Act) With an Exception

Secretary Enacts 30-Day Suspension of Title III (LIBERTAD Act) With an Exception Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 4, 2019 Today, Secretary Pompeo reported to the appropriate Congressional committees his determination that an additional suspension for 30 days through April 17, 2019, of the right to bring an action under Title III ...
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Cuba’s So-Called Referendum

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Remarks by Vice President Pence to the Lima Group

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Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

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Remarks by President Trump to the Venezuelan American Community

Remarks by President Trump to the Venezuelan American Community Issued on: February 18, 2019 Florida International University Ocean Bank Convocation Center Miami, Florida 4:47 P.M. EST MRS. TRUMP: Thank you. (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here today in the beautiful city of Miami. (Applause.) The President and I are honored to stand with all ...
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The United States Pre-Positions First Phase of Humanitarian Assistance to Provide Aid to Venezuelans – Cucuta, Colombia

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release February 8, 2019 FACT SHEET The United States Pre-Positions First Phase of Humanitarian Assistance to Provide Aid to Venezuelans – Cucuta, Colombia At the request of Interim President Juan Guaidó, the United States is immediately pre-positioning emergency supplies in Colombia to provide ...
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The United States Supports the Venezuelan People With Humanitarian Assistance

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President Donald J. Trump’s State of The Union Address To the Congress of The United States

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Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President by Several European Countries

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Representative of the Government of Venezuela to the United States

Representative of the Government of Venezuela to the United States Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 27, 2019 The United States accepted interim President Juan Guaido’s designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the Chargé d’Affaires of the Government of Venezuela to the United States on January 25. Mr. Vecchio will ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

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Interview With Laura Ingraham of The Laura Ingraham Show Podcast

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Remarks at the Organization of American States

Remarks at the Organization of American States Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Organization of American States Washington, DC January 24, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. The United States is a friend of Venezuela and of the Venezuelan people. We have watched Venezuelans suffer for far too long. We know what they know, ...
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United States Is Ready To Provide Urgent Humanitarian Aid to the People of Venezuela

United States Is Ready To Provide Urgent Humanitarian Aid to the People of Venezuela Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 24, 2019 Today, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the United States is ready to provide more than $20 million in initial humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela as they struggle ...
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Continuing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Venezuela

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump Recognizing Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Recognizing Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela   Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2019 Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela.  In its role as ...
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Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President

Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President   Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 23, 2019 The United States recognizes Juan Guaido as the new interim President of Venezuela, and strongly supports his courageous decision to assume that role pursuant to Article 233 of Venezuela’s constitution and supported by ...
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Secretary’s Determination of 45-Day Suspension Under Title III of LIBERTAD Act

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba

Location:  Havana Event:  Havana is experiencing heavy winds and high seas resulting in risk of flooding in the downtown area, including the area surrounding the U.S. Embassy is prone to severe flooding. As a precaution, the Embassy closed early on December 21.  The Embassy will have limited ability to assist U.S. citizens with emergencies due to ...
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U.S. Embassy Havana on USCIS announcement

U.S. Embassy Havana Media Note Havana, Cuba December 12, 2018 Please note that U.S. Embassy Havana remains open. American citizens have access to the full range of consular services at U.S. Embassy Havana. As has been in effect for some time now, the Embassy is not issuing nonimmigrant visas, except for life-threatening emergencies.  Cuban citizens ...
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An Open Letter to the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cuba

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR December 10, 2018 December 7, 2018 His Excellency Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla Minister of Foreign Affairs Of the Republic of Cuba Havana Dear Mr. Minister: The United States has for decades expressed profound concern regarding Cuban political prisoners. Such prisoners include those charged with pre-criminal “dangerousness,” defined as ...
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Human Rights Day

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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List of Restricted Entities and Subentities Associated With Cuba as of November 15, 2018

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Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor Ambassador John R. Bolton Delivers Remarks on the Trump Administration’s Policies in Latin Am

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International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on Cuba

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The Wrongful Detention of Tomas Nunez Magdariaga in Cuba

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September 26, 2018 – The Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy Havana hosted a reception to celebrate the award ceremony for the photo contest “Sueños”. The theme of this contest was inspired on First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s words: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. The reception was ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY

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Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury

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As of August 23, 2018 the U.S. Embassy in Havana resumed offering the full range of American Citizen Services including passport renewals, first time passport applications, notary services, authentication services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Cuba.  
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 Release of Political Prisoners

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Press Releases: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

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New Travel Advisories for U.S. Travelers

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2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

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Secretary’s Remarks: Welcome Remarks to Employees

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Press Releases: United States and Cuba Sign Search and Rescue Agreement

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Remarks from Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis Signing of Agreement on Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ Travel to Cuba

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Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals

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Statement by Secretary Johnson on the Continued Normalization of our Migration Relationship with Cuba

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Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

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Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day, 2017

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United States and Cuba Sign Bilateral Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Agreement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 9, 2017 The United States and Cuba signed a bilateral agreement to prepare for and respond to oil spills and hazardous substance pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida on January 9, 2017. Under this agreement, the United States and Cuba will ...
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U.S. – Cuba Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group

Today, the United States Departments of State and Energy co-chaired the first U.S.-Cuba Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group in Washington, D.C. Participants discussed regional developments related to clean energy, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, and exchanged ideas and information on how the United States and Cuba can move forward on this shared ...
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Why Americans give thanks over a shared meal

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the U.S. holiday traces its origins to a three-day harvest celebration held in 1621 in what is now Massachusetts. Local Wampanoag ...
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President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Principal Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland Travels to Cuba as Sports and Cultural Envoy

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 10, 2016 Misty Copeland, the first African American female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, will serve as a U.S. Department of State Sports and Cultural Envoy to Cuba, November 14-18, 2016. This people-to-people exchange program taps into the unique strength of sports, dance, ...
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Treasury and Commerce Annouce Further Amendments to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

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The U.S. Embassy in Havana will be lit up in pink throughout October, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. President Obama declared October 2016 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a presidential proclamation issued the 30th September, 2016. The proclamation is available here . Photos of the embassy lit up in pink are available on our ...
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Dr. Biden to Travel to The Republic of Cuba and The Dominica Republic

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Havana and Camaguey, Cuba, from October 6 - 9, 2016. She will be joined by Catherine M. Russell, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, and Evan Ryan, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Together, they will meet with government officials
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Address by President Obama to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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A Historic Day in Cuba as First Scheduled Flight from U.S. in Over 50 Years Lands

Today, I was honored to be part of a historic occasion — arriving in Cuba on the first scheduled flight from the United States in over 50 years, a JetBlue Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. In addition, I am excited to announce that Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalized its selection of ...
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Traffic Accidents and Road Safety

Visitors should be aware that driving in Cuba carries many risks. Many roads and vehicles are poorly maintained and drivers found responsible for accidents may be barred from leaving the country during investigations. Drivers found responsible for accidents resulting in serious injury or death could be sentenced to prison terms of up to ten years. Cuban ...
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Counternarcotics Arrangement Signed During Third Counternarcotics Technical Exchange Between the United States and Cuba

The United States and Cuba held their third Counternarcotics Technical Exchange July 21 in Havana. The U.S. delegation included working-level representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Coast Guard (USGC), Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations
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Recognizing One Year of Re-established Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

The historic breakthrough has allowed us to more effectively represent U.S. interests and values in Cuba. After more than five decades of isolation, mistrust, and tension, we are working government-to-government and people-to-people to rebuild our relationship. The United States is committed to continuing to work through the problems of the past, addressing head-on the issues ...
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United States and Cuba Continue Migration Talks

U.S. and Cuban delegations reiterated the importance of the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords, which provide for the safe, orderly, and legal migration of Cubans to the United States. The discussions included maritime and overland migration trends, cooperation between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cuban physicians as well as cooperation between the U.S. Coast ...
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United States and Cuba to Hold Third Bilateral Commission Meeting in Havana, Cuba

The United States and Cuba will hold the third Bilateral Commission in Havana, Cuba on Monday, May 16. Following the successful visit of President Obama to Havana in March 2016, Secretary Kerry asked Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, to lead the delegation. The Secretary places a top priority on ...
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Fees for Consular Services

The fee for processing an application for Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship is increasing to reflect the true cost of providing this service. The Department seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees.  The Department regularly reviews these costs and adjusts fees as necessary to ...
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Hurricane Preparedness

American citizens who are planning to be in Cuba during hurricane season should consider the potential dangers and inconveniences associated with hurricanes and should devise an emergency plan before a storm’s arrival. Even inland areas far from coastlines can experience destructive winds and flooding. Hurricane damage is typically caused by storm surge, high winds, heavy rain, ...
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Updates to the List of Eligible Imports Produced by Independent Cuban Entrepreneurs

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2016 Today, the U.S. Department of State updated its “Section 515.582 List,” which sets forth the goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs that are authorized to be imported into the United States pursuant to Section 515.582 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). ...
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Historic Agreements for U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Sectors

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Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba in a Joint Press Conference

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Remarks by President Obama at an Entrepreneurship and Opportunity Event — Havana, Cuba

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Back in 1928, President Coolidge came on a battleship. It took him three days to get here. It only took me three hours. (Laughter.) For the first time ever, Air Force One has landed in Cuba, and this is our very first stop. So this is a historic visit, and it's a historic opportunity to ...
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Asked and Answered: Sending Direct Mail to Cuba for the First Time in 50 Years

An American president has not traveled to Cuba in almost 90 years. But on March 20, President Obama will become the first president to set foot on the island country that’s only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The visit is a historic milestone after more than a year of progress from the day in December ...
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Commerce and Treasury Announce Further Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) are announcing new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), respectively. These amendments further implement the new direction toward Cuba that President Obama laid ...
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Statement by the President on the Anniversary of Cuba Policy Changes

One year ago, I announced that after more than 50 years, America would change its relationship with Cuba and put the interests of the people of both countries before the outdated ways of the past. Since then, we have taken important steps forward to normalize relations between our countries
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Announcement of Cuba Policy Changes

For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. Not only has this policy failed to advance America's goals, it has actually isolated the United States instead of isolating Cuba. Since 2009, President Obama has taken steps
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United States and Cuba Hold Law Enforcement Dialogue in Washington, DC

Today, the United States and Cuba held an inaugural Law Enforcement Dialogue in Washington, DC. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Alex Lee and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz led the delegation for the United States, and Mr. Abel Gonzalez Santamaria
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Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes

In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, ...
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