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Deputy Secretary of State

The Deputy Secretary Antony J. Blinken serves as the principal deputy, adviser, and alter ego to the Secretary of State; serves as Acting Secretary of State in the Secretary's absence; and assists the Secretary in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy and in giving general supervision and direction to all elements of the Department. Specific duties and supervisory responsibilities have varied over time.

International Religious Freedom Report

Date: 08/10/2016 Description: Deputy Blinken Delivers Remarks on the 2015 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom in Washington - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Aug. 10): "Our message is simple: Societies tend to be stronger, wealthier, safer, and more stable when their citizens fully enjoy the rights to which they are entitled. When a government denies religious liberty, it turns citizens who have done nothing wrong into criminals, igniting tension that breeds contempt, hopelessness, alienation." Full Text» Report»

Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities Under ISIL

Deputy Secretary Blinken (July 29): "We gather today at a moment of great urgency and great consequence, a moment when we can clearly look forward to the day when Daesh is finally defeated, driven from Iraq and Syria, but also a day when we have to think about preparing ourselves for the immense challenges that will follow its defeat." Full Text»


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