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The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel:

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French Foreign Ministry Secretary General Anne-Marie Descôtes. The Deputy Secretary and Secretary General discussed the situation in Sudan, including the need for an immediate ceasefire and ensuring the safety of all civilians. They shared concerns over actions by the People’s Republic of China that undermine the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and highlighted the importance of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. Deputy Secretary Sherman and Secretary General Descôtes reiterated their stalwart support for Ukraine as it continues to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and brutal war. They also reviewed efforts to advance dialogue and diplomacy in Armenia and Azerbaijan.

U.S. Department of State

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