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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver remarks and participate in a signing ceremony to expand the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of State and the Smithsonian Institution on Tuesday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m. The expanded MOU will foster increased collaboration and reinvigorate our joint commitment to an inclusive range of cultural, educational, and scientific activities, programs and exchanges.

Secretary Blinken will be joined by Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Elizabeth M. Allen. The event will take place at the Department of State.

The event will be pooled for in-person press coverage and streamed live on the Department

For more information about the MOU regarding science and research related cooperation, please contact OES Press at For inquiries related to cultural and educational aspects of the MOU, please contact ECA Press at

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