The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
On behalf of the United States government, I congratulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the Queen’s Birthday.
Human rights defender José Daniel Ferrer has spent most of his adult life imprisoned for trying to make Cuba a free nation. Ferrer has worked tirelessly to ensure all Cubans have a voice in the affairs of their own country. The Castro regime has responded by beating and torturing Ferrer, harassing and threatening his family and colleagues, and imprisoning him simply for demanding a better life for Cubans. Despite these abuses, Ferrer has persisted.
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun participated in the first ministerial meeting of the International Coalition for the Sahel on June 12.
Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey spoke by phone today with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin on the situation in Syria.
MS ORTAGUS: Great, thank you. Welcome back, everybody. It’s our busy day. It’s our third briefing of the day, so thanks to everybody that had the time to dial in. And I’m glad we have the opportunity to gather for this on-the-record briefing with my friend, Assistant Secretary David Schenker, from our Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. You all know him well.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. government has committed more than $1 billion worldwide in emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance aimed at helping governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) fight the pandemic, including nearly $112 million for the countries of the Western Hemisphere and over $22 million for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq.
The United States is leading by example in women’s empowerment on the global stage. Today the Department of State released its Plan to Implement the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security.
On behalf of the U.S. government and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Russia as you celebrate “Russia Day.” On this holiday, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Russian State Sovereignty, which recognized the democratic aspirations and sovereignty of the people of Russia, their centuries of history, culture, and traditions, and their inalienable right to a life of dignity.