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  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Haiti, Lener Renauld, addresses a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council to report on developments in the situation between the Dominican Repubulic and Haiti at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2015.  Also pictured here (on the left) is OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro. (OAS Photo)

    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Fitzpatrick (July 8, 2015): "We encourage the DR and Haiti to consult and collaborate with each other and with civil society groups and international organizations to develop processes that uphold the rule of law … "

  • Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the OAS, addresses the Permanent Council, June 30, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Fitzpatrick (June 30, 2015): "We urge the government of the Dominican Republic to work with the government of Haiti to enact a transparent and regularized migration policy that upholds the rights of all individuals."

  • Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken led the U.S. delegation to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Western Hemisphere’s premier multilateral organization, meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 15-16, 2015. (State Dept. Photo)

    Dep. Sec. Blinken (June 15, 2015): "We look forward to working together … to realize the inaugural promise of the OAS so that it can reemerge as a strong, credible engine of political, economic, and social progress for all the people of the Americas."

  • Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken delivered remarks at a reception held on the occasion of the 45th Session of the General Assembly of The Organization of American States, hosted at the Department of State, June 15, 2015. The Deputy Secretary offered a toast in honor of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Lemes (pictured here).  (OAS Photo)

    Deputy Secretary of State Blinken (June 15, 2015): " The United States stands with the Secretary General and all of you in your work to revitalize the OAS and uphold our collective commitment to the principles of democracy and human rights ..."

  • OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Lemes (at the podium) was welcomed to the State Department by Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken at a reception in the Benjamin Franklin room on the occasion of the 45th Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, June 15, 2015. On the dais (l - r) are Deputy Secretary Blinken, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, and Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. (OAS Photo)

    DipNote Blog: "A Strong OAS Integral to the Future of the Americas - The OAS must adapt to these modern times and to the contemporary challenges we face ..."

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