On July 16 at 9:00 am, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will kick-off the first day of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom with brief remarks.  Following the Secretary’s opening address, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will deliver remarks on the need for increased partnerships in the fight to advance religious freedom.

In the afternoon, at 3:25 pm, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and retired U.S. Representative Frank Wolf will participate in a discussion moderated by Ambassador Brownback on religious freedom challenges in China and the importance of bipartisan, whole-of-government approaches to defending religious freedom.

These sessions will be livestreamed on www.state.gov.

On July 17, Secretary Pompeo will present the Department of State’s first-ever International Religious Freedom Awards to individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing and relentless commitment to promoting religious freedom at a ceremony at 6:00 pm.  This event will be livestreamed on www.state.gov and a press pool will cover the event.

On July 18 at 8:55 am, Secretary Pompeo will deliver keynote remarks on the state of religious freedom around the world, advancements over the last year, and remaining work to be done.

Shortly following, Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks at 11:00 am, underscoring international religious freedom as a key U.S. foreign policy priority.

Both Vice President Pence’s and Secretary Pompeo’s remarks will be livestreamed on www.state.gov.

On Thursday, July 18 at 1:00 pm, White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will deliver opening remarks at the Luncheon for the Heads of Foreign Delegation.  The remarks will be livestreamed onwww.state.gov.

E-mail IRFMinisterialPress@state.gov for inquiries, visit www.state.gov/religiousfreedom for additional information, and follow the conversation using the hashtag #IRFMinisterial.

U.S. Department of State

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