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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.


Reception in Honor of Eid-al-Fitr

Date: 07/22/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks at a reception in honor of Eid al-Fitr on July 22, 2015, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.  - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (July 22):"Today, roughly one out of eight people on earth is a Muslim woman or girl. Their contributions – your contributions – to society are simply immeasurable, and yet they so often go untold. With your words, with your photographs, with your moving images, with your stories, with your shows, you’re changing that. You’re changing the way the world experiences and understands the many messages you have to convey." Full Text»


2014 Human Rights Defender Award Ceremony

Date: 07/16/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken With Recipients of the 2014 Human Rights Defender Award - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (July 16): "One voice of justice, one expression of compassion, one act of conscience can echo across lands and through generations to become more powerful than intolerance, more powerful than corruption, more powerful than indignity." Full Text»


U.S.-Nigeria Partnership

Date: 07/08/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken in civil society meetings in Abuja, Nigeria - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (July 9): "The partnership we are forging is based on mutual interests and mutual respect. And it is grounded in the proposition that our relationship is defined not by what the United States can do for Nigeria, but rather what the United States can do with Nigeria." Full Text»


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