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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.


On the Future of U.S.-Vietnam Relations

Date: 2016 Description: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken visiting ''Vietnam Silicon Valley'' to meet with Vietnamese innovators and entrepreneurs. - State Dept Image May 23: President Obama is currently in Hanoi at the beginning of a trip to Vietnam and Japan that will underscore the vibrancy and strength of our growing strategic, economic, and diplomatic ties with the region. DipNote»

Global Forum on Ending Genocide

Date: 05/19/2016 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken Delivers the Keynote Address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Atrocity Prevention Conference - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (May 19): "Four years ago, in the first-ever presidential directive on this challenge, President Obama established the Atrocities Prevention Board and – in the words that he repeated standing here at the Holocaust Museum – he declared that “preventing atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States." Full Text» Briefing» Executive Order»


Regional Security Summit in Nigeria

Date: 05/13/2016 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama Address Reporters During Their Meeting in Abuja - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken traveled to Abuja, Nigeria, May 12–14, to lead the U.S. delegation to the second Regional Security Summit and for bilateral meetings. National Statement at Lake Chad Basin Regional Security Summit» Press Roundtable in Nigeria» Press Statement with Foreign Minister Onyeama» Photo Gallery»


U.S.-Bulgaria

Date: 05/06/2016 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Mitov Address Reporters After Their Meeting in Sofia - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (May 7): "We continue to work together on national security and defense as we prepare for the July NATO summit. We fully support Bulgaria’s military modernization efforts that, if implemented, will strengthen Bulgaria’s security and the overall Atlantic Alliance." Full Text» Photo Gallery» More»


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