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  • Upon his arrival to the Department of State and delivering welcome remarks to State Department employees on his first day, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his wife, Renda St. Clair, pause for a moment of silence to honor Americans who lost their lives in the line of duty while serving the U.S. Government and the American people abroad, in front of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial Plaque in the main lobby of the Department's Harry S. Truman building in Washington, D.C., on February 2, 2017. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

    Secretary of State Tillerson (February 2, 2017): "The individuals who comprise this department are among the finest public servants in the world ... you are our emissaries of our nation and the ideals we stand for. When people see you, they see America."

  • President Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States, administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, January 20, 2017 at 12 noon. (AP Image)

    The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States: President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence were sworn into office on the west front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017. Read President Trump's inaugural address here.

  • President Laura Chinchilla, chief of the OAS electoral observation mission to the 2016 elections in the United States, greets Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Kevin Sullivan following the press conference to release the mission's preliminary report at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 9, 2016. (OAS Photo)

    On November 9, 2016, the OAS electoral observation mission to the 2016 elections in the United States released its preliminary report highlighting the institutional strength of the U.S. system and the legacy of democracy and freedom.

  • On October 21, 2016, 12 OAS member states issued a joint communique on recent developments in Venezuela,  including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay. The statement follows a joint communique issued on June 15, 2016 at the OAS General Assembly in the Dominican Republic, pictured here, and a subsequent statement on August 11.  (State Dept. Photo)

    On October 21, 2016, 12 OAS member states issued a joint communique on recent developments in Venezuela, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, the United States and Uruguay.

  • On September 21, 2016, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States Kevin K. Sullivan addressed the Permanent Council in commemoration of International Day of Democracy 2016. (OAS Photo)

    Kevin K. Sullivan, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States (September 21, 2016): "There remains much to be done to fully translate the Democratic Charter’s vision into common action."

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  • On August 11, 2016, 15 OAS member states issued a joint statement on recent developments in Venezuela, including Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Uruguay.  The statement follows a joint communique issued on June 15, 2016 at the OAS General Assembly in the Dominican Republic, pictured here.  (State Dept. Photo)
    Joint Communique on the Situation in Venezuela

    August 11, 2016: Fifteen OAS member states issued a joint statement on recent developments in Venezuela, including Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the U.S. and Uruguay. 

  • On August 11, 2016, the OAS Permanent Council adopted a declaration calling on Haiti to conclude the electoral process by holding free, fair and transparent elections on October 9, and underscoring the need to strengthen the country’s democratic processes and institutions consistent with the Inter-American Democratic Charter.  The OAS sent an electoral observation mission to the presidential elections in Haiti on October 25, 2015, headed by Former Brazilian Foreign Minister and Minister of Defense, Celso Amorin. He is pictured here addressing the media at one of the voting centers. (OAS Photo)
    OAS Adopts Declaration on Haiti Elections

    August 11, 2016: U.S. Interim Permanent Representative Kevin K. Sullivan: "We believe it is essential to proceed without fail and without delay to these elections so that the new government can better address the needs of the Haitian people." 

  • Kevin K. Sullivan, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS), delivered inaugural remarks at a meeting of the Permanent Council, July 13, 2016. (OAS Photo)
    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Kevin K. Sullivan Delivers Inaugural Remarks

    July 31, 2016: Kevin K. Sullivan, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States: "As someone who has spent much of his career in the Americas, I believe strongly in the value of the Organization of American States ..." 

  • Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States, addresses a special session of the OAS Permanent Council in which former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain presented a report on efforts to promote dialogue in Venezuela. Also pictured (left) is Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.   The meeting took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2016. (OAS Photo)
    Former Foreign Minister Zapatero Delivers Report on Efforts to Promote Dialogue in Venezuela

    June 21, 2016: Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States: "Dialogue is important. And it cannot be an excuse to stall. The Venezuelan people cannot afford delays to solutions to the problems they face." 

  • Civil society organizations supporting the rights of LGBTI persons participated in the General Assembly and expressed solidarity with the  victims of the June 12 massacre in Orlando, Florida. On June 16, the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Uruguay announced the creation of the OAS LGBTI Core Group.  In its joint statement, the Core Group committed to supporting the implementation of mandates contained in OAS resolutions on the human rights of LGBTI persons as well as regional and OAS efforts aimed at ensuring that all individuals are able to live free from violence and discrimination. (OAS Photo)
    Member States Announce Creation of LGBTI Core Group

    June 16, 2016: At the General Assembly, the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Uruguay also announced the creation of the OAS LGBTI Core Group, committed to advancing support for the human rights of LGBTI persons. 

  • At the General Assembly, 15 Ministers and Heads of Delegation issued a communique on the situation in Venezuela, including Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States of America and Uruguay, June 15, 2016. (State Dept. Photo)
    Joint Communique on the Situation in Venezuela

    June 15, 2016: Ministers and Heads of Delegation from 15 member states issued a communique on Venezuela, including Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Uruguay. 

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