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MR PATEL: Good afternoon, everyone. good thursday So as you can see, we have a special guest this morning to talk about the new Welcome Corps program we launched. So with me, I have Assistant Secretary Julieta Noyes from our Office of Populations, Refugees and Migration. At the top he has some thoughts he’d like to share with you and then he has time for a couple of questions, and then we’ll continue with the rest of the briefing.


MR PATEL: – the floor is yours.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: Thank you, Vedant. Hey everyone.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: It’s great to be here. I’m here today to share an exciting development in the US Refugee Admissions Program, through which the United States has long welcomed newcomers seeking safety and freedom.

We’re launching Welcome Corps, a private advocacy initiative that will create new opportunities for private Americans to directly protect refugees from around the world fleeing conflict, fleeing persecution, and help resettle these refugees in their communities. The Welcome Corps invites Americans to do what we do best: welcome newcomers, be good guides, neighbors and friends.

Welcoming refugees reflects our values ​​as a nation, and local communities have long been at the heart of our resettlement programme. Over the past year, individual Americans and community groups across the country have opened their arms to Afghans, Ukrainians and refugees from around the world fleeing conflict and persecution.

Welcome Corps is the boldest innovation in U.S. refugee resettlement in four decades, and reflects the Biden administration’s commitment to expanding community engagement as we rebuild our refugee program. It is designed to strengthen and expand our country’s capacity to resettle refugees by harnessing the energy of private sponsors from all walks of life, including community volunteers, faith-based and civic groups, veterans, diaspora communities, businesses, colleges, universities and more.

Private sponsors will help refugees find housing and employment, enroll children in school, enroll adults in English classes and connect them to other essential services, including those funded by federal programs.

Welcome Corps differs from other sponsorship programs, such as United for Ukraine, in that private sponsors will assist refugees who are permanently resettled in the United States and help them integrate as thriving members of their new communities.

Welcome Corps private sponsors will receive training and support from resettlement experts and become part of a nationwide community engaged in this work.

We will launch the Welcome Group in two phases. In the first phase, groups of five or more Americans or legal permanent residents can apply to form a private sponsoring group. Once certified, they will be matched with a refugee approved for resettlement in the United States.

In the second phase, which will be launched in the middle of this year, the groups can identify and refer the refugees they want to protect to the US Refugee Admissions Program. If approved and verified, they will support the resettlement of these specific refugees.

Our goal by 2023 is to mobilize 10,000 Americans to advance as private sponsors and help resettle at least 5,000 refugees. Time and time again, we have seen the generosity and hospitable spirit of the American people. If more than 10,000 sponsors join the Welcome Corps this year, we will make every effort to match them with refugees in need.

We at the State Department are excited to launch the Welcome Corps as part of our broader effort to rebuild, expand, and modernize the refugee resettlement program. We look forward to engaging with individuals and communities around the world who want to be involved.

And I would say something on a personal level. My parents came to this country as refugees before the US Refugee Admissions Program was created. And the people who helped them were ordinary, ordinary Americans, and they still tell the stories of how they were welcomed into this country. So I see it as a result of the historical traditions of our countries to welcome newcomers.

However, for more information about Welcome Corps, I invite Americans interested in participating in this fulfilling effort to visit the new website to learn more about how to join this program.

And with that, I’m happy to answer any questions.

MR PATEL: Thank you. Matt, you want to throw us out?

QUESTION: Great, thanks. Thank you, Deputy Secretary. I have two, one very short. Why are there groups of five or more? I mean, why can’t an individual – and off the top of my head I can think of incredibly rich people – who can do just that. So why is it limited to groups of five or more?

And then, secondly, much more broadly, this administration has tried to offset the revenue cuts of the previous administration, but it still hasn’t even come close. And the first, in the first quarter of this financial year, the numbers are quite low. Why is that?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: Okay. So to go to your first question, why five or more, and you mentioned that rich people could do it.

QUESTION: Well, even the relatively wealthy can…

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: Because it’s not about money, Matt. It’s about commitment. It’s about community. It’s about bringing people together and forming a team so that refugees have more than one person to refer to and work with. And our opinion is – it’s a lot of work to protect a refugee – finding schools, helping them find affordable housing, enrolling their children in school, helping them find work, showing them where the pharmacy is, which bus they should take. It’s a lot more than the average American can do, so we believe that giving a team of five or more Americans will be more successful and provide more resources to refugees, and create stronger connections to the community.

As for the numbers, you’re right; we are still working to build the numbers to reach the President’s ambitious goal of 125,000 refugees per year. We are doing it in different ways. Launching Welcome Corps is an initiative, but we are working hard with our regular resettlement agencies to try to expedite processing while maintaining the integrity and security of the program and without changing the terms in any way. Refugees are the most protected people to enter this country.

So we are speeding up the processing. We’re increasing and expanding the ways we send people to resettle refugees in the United States: Welcome Corps and maybe private individuals who nominate refugees to come that way, but we’re also expanding NGO referrals. We ask our partners at UNHCR to expand the number of referrals they send us.

We are also looking to clear our backlog of cases. We are hiring. Our relocation agency partners are hiring. So there is a lot of work.

Although the number of people accepted in the first quarter, the number of refugees accepted is not where we would like it to be, it is an indicator of the delay in the acceptance of refugees. In the first quarter of this fiscal year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services conducted more than 20,000 interviews with refugees abroad. We expect these people to hit our country in the coming months, and we hope and I’m sure you will see an increase in the number of refugees arriving in the coming months.

MR PATEL : And Said, you raised your hand.

QUESTION: Thank you, thank you for doing this. In the same vein, but especially to Syrian refugees. And can you give us the status, figures and numbers of Syrian refugees? It went from a high of 16,000 in 2016 to 4,000 under the previous administration. And in 2020, I think this: last year there were maybe 4,000 refugees. How are they accepted? Do they have to go through a third country? Can they directly leave Syria, the conflict areas of Syria etc.?

And related to that, you opposed allowing Syrian refugees to return to Syria or the United States now.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: Oh, the unintentional return.

QUESTION: Yes, I did not agree, because they say that the conditions are not there, they are not mature enough to return. So give us your feedback. Thank you.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: So that’s a great question and one that’s close to my heart. In November, I visited the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, which hosts tens of thousands of Syrians. Look, the situation in Syria is dire, and we don’t think the conditions in Syria are right for people to return safely, voluntarily, with dignity, and permanently. It’s just – it’s not safe for people to go back, and people – Syrians who have left the country don’t want to go back to Syria voluntarily.

So we’re looking for new solutions and working with our partners around the world because this is not just an American effort. Other countries are also resettling refugees. So we are looking for ways to find more permanent solutions for these refugees, whether it’s helping them integrate in the countries they fled to in search of safety, providing programs and support where they are today. But then, for people who are the most vulnerable and face the greatest risk if they were to return to their country, we are looking for solutions such as resettlement.

And we’re confident that with all the change and growth we’re doing in the refugee admissions program – whether it’s the Welcome Team or the other initiatives I’ve talked about, we’re going to create the conditions to bring in refugees. In vulnerable situations around the world, the Syrians or the Rohingyas in Bangladesh today or other people who have to flee to safety and find solutions for them, again, working with our partners around the world, because that’s not a burden. or that the United States alone is taking responsibility.

QUESTION: Thank you. You probably saw that rates of irregular border crossings in Europe reached an all-time high since 2016 last year. Is there another program or coordination with the EU for refugees who would like to come to a European country but could come to America, especially in European countries that are overrun with refugees? Is there more coordination to bring more of them to the States through this particular program? And I’m sure you can talk about other programs as well, but more specifically about this one.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: We talk regularly with our partners in Europe and around the world with like-minded countries around the world to try and coordinate solutions to work together. It is our opinion and the opinion of our partners – and I speak regularly with the EU and our partners there – that we believe that democracies and countries that love freedom and defend human rights have a responsibility to work together. I mean, we faced an incredible milestone this past year when the UN High Commissioner for Refugees announced that more than 100 million people are now forcibly displaced around the world. That’s more than 1 percent of the world’s population. There has never been a greater number of forcibly displaced people.

So we have to look for all kinds of sustainable solutions, whether it’s creating the conditions for people to return to their countries safely, voluntarily and with dignity, and that is always the preferred solution, so that people can go home. but only when it is safe – but also to look for initiatives and offer help and support to help integrate people where they are. The relocation solution is the most dramatic; it is also by far the smallest. After all, less than 1 percent of refugees worldwide are resettled to third countries, and that – we really only use this solution for the most vulnerable: those who are fleeing religious persecution or human trafficking or who have been victims of torture.

So it’s really kind of an extremis solution, but one that we happily and willingly take in the United States and that many of our partners do as well. So we’re working on all of those solutions at the same time, but I’m very pleased that today we’re announcing the Welcome Team as part of our solution, and as part of our means to get you resettled here in the United States. Touching on states and Americans with a long, long history as a nation of immigrants, welcoming newcomers and making things better. And again, my family history is proof of that.

MR PATEL: Thank you very much, Assistant Secretary. Take into account.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: Thank you, Vedant. Thank you.

MR PATEL: We will work, I will go to you when we work in the room. Thank you.

QUESTION: No, I want to know if there is American protection? You are selling access to the US.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NOYES: We don’t sell access, and there are safeguards.

QUESTION: Yes, you are. The second – in the second aspect, you say private families –

MR PATEL: I will call you when we work in the room and I do the briefing.

QUESTION: No, it doesn’t matter. You will not have an answer. But I have what I need. Thank you.

MR PATEL: Matt, if you want to kick them out, you’re welcome anytime.

QUESTION: Yes, so yes. I’m just wondering if you got any reports about this or this FSB arresting an American citizen in Russia for espionage.

MR PATEL: So a couple of things, Matt. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of US citizens abroad. We are aware of an investigation into a US citizen – unconfirmed – of an investigation into a US citizen in Russia.

In general, the Russian Federation does not comply with its obligations to provide timely notification of the detention of US citizens in Russia. Russian authorities also do not regularly notify the embassy of trials, convictions or movements of US citizens. We are looking into this matter and will continue to follow up. The Embassy in Moscow remains in contact with Russian authorities to ensure timely consular notifications and access to all US citizens.

QUESTION: OK. Well, aside from whether or not there’s been an espionage investigation, do you know of any more Americans that the Russians have arrested in Russia for some reason?

MR PATEL: I’m not, but as you know, this is a variable number. And I’ll see if we have a more detailed update for you. But I am not aware.

QUESTION: Can we continue…

MR PATEL: Of course. Yes, we can stay in the region. keep going

QUESTION: Thank you. It’s strange that you should mention push notifications. Russian national Anatoly Legkodymov was arrested yesterday in Miami, and the Russian embassy is saying that you guys didn’t follow proper consular notification in his case. Why is that?

MR PATEL: I am not aware of that specific case. Of course, I would also refer you to the local authorities in Miami regarding specifics on this, but I’m happy to see if there are any specifics.

QUESTION: OK. So you have nothing?

MR PATEL: I don’t have an update for you at the moment, but I’m happy to check.

QUESTION: OK. And one additional thing. Do you have any updates on the potential US-Russia prisoner exchange that you can share publicly? Anything new on the matter?

MR PATEL : Are you talking about a specific case or in general?

QUESTION: No, no – I’m talking about – I’m talking about cases like this that have been mentioned in the past. I’m not talking about Legkodymov or the case Matt mentioned. I am talking about past cases.

MR PATEL: Look, when it comes to arrested criminals, arrested criminals as American citizens, not just in Russia, but in other countries, that’s a top priority for this secretary and this president, and it’s something that this department continues to be deeply concerned about. engaged Of course, we won’t offer specifics regarding those commitments, but this remains a top priority, and I have no updates to offer.

MR PATEL : He said, you raised your hand.

QUESTION: Yes. Can I change the subject?

QUESTION: OK. I want to go to the Palestinian issue.

QUESTION: Yedoith, the Israeli newspaper Yedoith, said that Ambassador Nides will announce or announce that the visa waiver for Israelis is related to how Israel treats and receives Palestinian Americans. Do you have any comments about it? Can you confirm what he is saying, what he is saying to the Israelis?

MR PATEL: He said, I have no announcement to anticipate or anticipate. But what I would reiterate — and I think you’ve seen the ambassador talk about this — is that, of course, we support steps in our bilateral relationship with Israel that would benefit the citizens of the United States and the people of Israel. One such step would be to work together to ensure that Israel meets the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program. Secretary Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with Secretary Blinken, may designate countries to participate in the Visa Waiver Program if the country meets established criteria.

At this time, Israel does not meet all eligibility requirements for the Visa Waiver Program. The US Government continues to work with Israel to meet these requirements, such as extending reciprocal privileges to all US citizens and nationals, including Palestinian Americans and Arab Americans, to travel to and from Israel. And this includes Americans in the Palestinian population register.

QUESTION: And related to that, so just to clarify, you’re saying that it’s actually conditional on allowing Palestinian Americans to travel from Tel Aviv to the West Bank, for example, through Ben Gurion Airport, right?

MR PATEL: The reciprocity issue that I mentioned remains one of the issues that still needs to be met, as it demands, as it pertains to Visa Waiver Program eligibility.

QUESTION: OK. Another thing. Palestinian Authority President Abbas told National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan — so that’s what the Palestinians are saying — that he’s calling on the Biden administration to pressure Israel to abandon its aggressive policies over the past — over the past months — and so, good. Have you received, for example, an official request from the Palestinians that you should do that, or will you have that as part of your policy from now on?

MR PATEL: I have no specific diplomatic engagement to read to you, Said. But our colleagues in the White House and the NSC have only read about National Security Adviser Sullivan’s trips, and they have — this is what they’ve emphasized — just reiterated, even discussed, some of the things that underline America’s commitment to Israel’s security. the challenges and opportunities facing the region, including the threat posed by Iran, and the progress and deepening of normalization between Israel and other Arab countries. But I have no other updates to offer.

QUESTION: Quick follow up on this?

MR PATEL: Go ahead. Stay in the region?

QUESTION: Yes, they also discussed Ukraine, and increased defense cooperation between Russia and Iran and its implications for security in the Middle East. Could you please explain the most important implications that the US fears will have on the region in light of the increased cooperation between Iran and Russia?

MR PATEL: Well, this is a position we’ve held for a long time, that Iran’s destabilizing actions – we’ve seen them recently precipitated by providing UAVs and other types of security assistance to Russia for use in Ukraine – are deeply destabilizing. It is a concern not only for the world, but has an immediate impact on Israel and Israel’s neighbors, as well as other countries in the region.

QUESTION: On – in Iran. But go ahead.

MR PATEL: Oh, sorry. Let me go to Guitar and then I’ll come to you, Michel. Sorry. Go ahead, Guita.

QUESTION: Thank you. Speaking of Iran’s destabilizing activities, I want to return to yesterday’s topic. The EU Parliament passed a resolution yesterday and passed it today – punishing Iran’s human rights abusers in general, as well as designating the IRGC as a terrorist group – and I want to focus on that. Does the State Department think it’s a good idea for the EU to designate the IRGC as well, as the US has done?

MR PATEL: Let me say a couple of things, Guita. First of all, we are aware of the resolution of the European Parliament. The US position on the IRGC has been quite clear. It is perhaps the entity subject to the most US sanctions of any organization on the planet. We have also individually punished many IRGC leaders for their involvement in terrorism and human rights abuses. At the end of the day, Guita, it is up to each country – or in this case, the EU, blocs of EU countries – to determine what is applicable in their systems of government and their legal systems, and what is in their best interests.

As you know, we have applauded the EU’s recent designations of IRGC officials and entities for supplying Russia with drones, which are being used to promote Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and to attack critical infrastructure in Ukraine. But beyond that, I have nothing extra to offer.

QUESTION: Well, obviously – it’s – yes, it’s – it depends on their laws and regulations and everything. It is their decision. But the NSC tells us that the White House supports the designation and is also encouraging the EU to use whatever authority it has to designate the IRGC. So does the State Department think differently than the NSC?

MR PATEL: I would have to turn to our White House and NSC colleagues to clarify any comments that have been made to you. But I would repeat what I said, which is that the position of the United States on the IRGC is quite clear. We’ve taken several steps, and as I said, it’s probably the most sanctioned organization in the US. And ultimately it is up to the bloc of EU countries to determine what type of apparatus is most applicable or makes the most sense for the system and which is in its best interests.

QUESTION: Vedant, you constantly say that you consult with allies and partners on everything. This issue cannot be an exception. What does the State Department say, what did the State Department advise or talk to the EU?

MR PATEL: Of course, we consult with our allies and partners on a number of issues, including, of course, our joint approach to the malign and destabilizing activities of the Iranian regime. Of course, many of these discussions are and will remain private, but again, the United States’ position on the IRGC is pretty clear.

QUESTION: To follow up on this, how do you see the role of the Europeans through the negotiations given the impact of this potential nomination on revitalizing the nuclear deal?

MR PATEL: We’ve been clear for a long time that the JCPOA is not on the agenda, and it’s not on the agenda in large part because the Iranians killed any chance of it being on the agenda.

QUESTION: He asked my question, but I have another question on the Arab Summit in Abu Dhabi.

QUESTION: Do you have any comment on the summit, and do you know why Saudi Arabia and Kuwait did not participate?

MR PATEL: I would let other countries speak to their multilateral and bilateral commitments and participation in any summit. We know of a meeting in Abu Dhabi between several regional states, but of course the United States was not involved. But you have nothing more to offer beyond that.

MR PATEL: At the back, forward.

QUESTION: Regarding Venezuela, is it true that this administration is considering removing the $15 million reward for the capture of Nicolas Maduro?

MR PATEL: I don’t know or I’m not here to offer any new changes in policy. Our sanctions policy against Venezuela remains unchanged. We will continue to implement and enforce our sanctions on Venezuela in support of the return of democracy in Venezuela.

QUESTION: Regarding Colombia, very quickly, the extradition of the brother of Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba to the United States. The senator says that neither he nor his brother have anything to do with drug trafficking, this is just political persecution, he said. I would like to know, what do you think about these arguments?

MR PATEL: I am not aware of this particular request. I’ll let my Justice Department colleagues talk specifically about the extradition requests that have come in. But, in general, of course we have an important working relationship with Colombia. The secretary had the opportunity to visit the region – I think it was at the end of last autumn – and we hope to continue our engagement with them.

QUESTION: I have a last one in Cuba. Given the United States’ relationship with the Cuban regime, is this administration considering removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism?

MR PATEL: I have no policy changes to announce. I covered this a bit last week; the commitments you’re referring to were specifically related to certain security dialogues, regional security dialogues. I don’t have any other updates to offer beyond that.

QUESTION: Just to stay in the same region.

QUESTION: A little further – Peru. I wonder if you have any concerns about the demonstrations that are taking place in Peru now. There’s another big one for today. Also this morning there were more deaths, two more. The situation doesn’t really seem to be getting any better. What is your position on that for the United States?

MR PATEL: Of course, we continue to be concerned about violent demonstrations. We also recognize the right to assemble in peace, but most importantly we ask for calm dialogue and for all parties to use moderation and non-violence. We also welcome the efforts of the Government of Peru to engage in peaceful dialogue with important actors and groups throughout the country. We also support the efforts and commitment of the Government of Peru to investigate all protest-related deaths.

Exactly. Also, Leon, since you asked the question, I want to make sure people know that the US Embassy in Lima is in direct contact with a small number of US citizens who don’t want to leave and are sheltering in place. And Peru Travel Advice is at level 3, which is “reconsider your trip”. And we continue to advise US citizens to reconsider all travel to Peru at this time.

keep going Actually, before I go to you, anything else before I move in the region? OK, go ahead.

QUESTION: Thank you. If you remember, last week I asked you about the sanctions against CAATSA, and if a country like Türkiye was under sanctions, I asked you if this country could buy the F-16. If I remember correctly, you punished them and canceled the F-35 contract. Right? So what changed and you want to give F-16s to Turkey? And also tell us if Turkey is still under sanctions.

MR PATEL: Exactly, I think I answered your question last week, but to reiterate –

QUESTION: No, no, you took my question and sent me an answer from your office.

MR PATEL: Understood. So specifically, when it comes to CAATSA, of course we do those assessments and sales provisions are made on a case-by-case basis. I have no other details to offer at this time.

But on the F-16s, President Biden said last June that, in general, we should sell Türkiye F-16 aircraft and modernize their fleet as well. However, regarding specific arms transfers, we do not wish to comment until there is a formal notification process with Congress. Overall, however, the US highly values ​​its cooperation with NATO ally Turkey, and the US and Turkey have long and deep bilateral defense ties, and maintaining Turkey’s NATO interoperability remains a priority for this administration.

QUESTION: I – May I continue, please?

QUESTION: Because your people sent me an answer, and I thank you for that; they also sent a reply to my colleagues. In your response, you state that the sale of F-16s to Turkey is not prohibited by these CAATSA sanctions, as long as the Turkish Defense Presidency – which is a company called SSB – is not part of the transaction. You need to explain to us what is going on, because I think the Turks are going to change the name of the company to buy the F-16s, and as you understand, this is a scam.

MR PATEL: So I’m not going to advance the process or…

QUESTION: Can you at least take the question because it’s very serious?

MR PATEL: — into hypotheticals. As I said, Secretary Ned, I would reiterate what President Biden has said before, which is that we should sell the Turkish F-16s and modernize their fleet as well. However, with respect to specific arms transfers, I will not advance that process until formal notifications to Congress occur.

QUESTION: Just at this point, the foreign minister, the Turkish foreign minister, said – I think late today or late last night – that the F-16 sale is completely independent of their plans for northern Syria; Whether to invade northern Syria or not, NATO should be independent of any approval from Sweden and Finland, etc. Is that the understanding of this agreement, or is this agreement conditional on, say, Turkey’s refusal to attack Syria and the acceptance of Sweden and Finland into NATO?

MR PATEL : He said, I’m not going to offer any parallels or connections here. In relation to the F-16s, we have been quite clear, but – and in relation to the entry into Syria, we have also been quite clear. Ned spoke very little about this as recently as yesterday, and of course we are very sensitive and want to make sure that any action that takes place in Syria does not undermine the important work that has been done in recent years to degrade ISIS and their operations. in the region

I’m going to work on the room a little bit, because I already called you. Dylan, in the background.

QUESTION: Yes, a question about the Welcome Team.

QUESTION: I was hoping to – I was hoping to ask the assistant secretary, but maybe you can answer as well. A handful of organizations (about half a dozen) that Welcome Corps is working with, NGOs and non-profit organizations that are working to implement this new policy and new program. One of them is called the Church World Service. He’s a non-profit that has advocated for things like abolishing ICE, campaigned to defund the Border Patrol — a number of policies and priorities the administration has said they oppose, that he opposes. So I’m curious what the state’s vetting process was for the institutions it’s partnering with for this new program, and if you have any idea why this particular institution was chosen when there are others that were supposedly available.

MR PATEL: Well, Dylan, just to take it a step further, the department is working with a consortium of non-profit organizations to welcome refugees, resettle them and integrate them into US communities. the program This consortium I just mentioned will manage and oversee a process to verify and certify these private sponsors who want to host refugees. And specifically that metric that I just offered – the experience of receiving, resettling and integrating refugees – I’m sure there was an assessment of who would be part of that consortium. And specifically, it’s a reflection of that metric only, and not in any way related to any policy stance, the ones you’ve described or otherwise.

QUESTION: Thank you. Sorry, I want to take another stab at the potential prisoner exchange issue.

MR PATEL: I have answered your question.

QUESTION: No, no, no, I know. It’s a little different.

QUESTION: As you know, US citizen Taylor Dudley was released by Russia a few days ago. It came back here, as I understand it, because of Bill Richardson – because of Bill Richardson’s efforts, not because of a government-to-government negotiation. That’s my opinion; I might be wrong.

I wanted to know if this case changes, in any way, your thinking on the prisoner exchange issue. Do you think that a tri-actor, something like that, might be the best way to do that, based on what Governor Richardson has been able to do, or not?

MR PATEL: So when it comes to releasing wrongly detained American citizens, whether it’s Trevor Reed’s case, Brittney Griner’s case, whether it’s still an unsolved case. In terms of Paul Whelan to fight regularly, there are channels, there are two presidents, President Biden and President Putin, to have these ongoing debates. And we believe that those channels are the best way to get these decisions and things done, as we’ve seen with Trevor Reed and Brittney Griner.

MR PATEL: Go ahead. I’ll work on the room a bit. I already called you. keep going

QUESTION: Thank you. You spoke generally earlier that the US Embassy in Moscow is talking to the Russian authorities about all US citizens. I was wondering if you could tell me more about this particular alleged case, about the embassy, ​​what the State Department does. Has the embassy been contacted officially to try to confirm details about this person, to request access if they are in custody?

MR PATEL : Are you referring to the case that Matt raised at the beginning?

QUESTION: Yes, yes, from top to bottom.

QUESTION: And what other efforts are being made and what kind of reception has the State Department and the embassy received.

MR PATEL: So again, we’re aware of these unconfirmed reports that there’s an investigation going on in Russia about a US citizen, but we’re still trying to get as much information as we can. And unfortunately I don’t have any additional details beyond that. But to reiterate, the US Embassy in Moscow is working with Russian authorities to ensure timely notifications and access for all citizens, and overall we are looking into this matter and will monitor the situation closely and get as much information as we can.

QUESTION: Have the Russian authorities responded at this time?

MR PATEL: I’m not ready to offer specific commitments to specific locations, but this is something we’re monitoring closely and we’re working directly with the Russian authorities on this.

QUESTION: In Afghanistan alone, 78 people have been reported killed due to the harsh conditions of the Afghan winter. Do you have any updates on the talks between this department and the Taliban, whether or not these talks are still ongoing? That’s my question.

MR PATEL : So I didn’t see that report, but I’ll see if we have an update on that. I will note that we have had in the past: Since the Taliban took over in August 2021, more than 1.1 billion US dollars in humanitarian aid have been provided. I’ll see if there’s a specific breakdown for that in terms of weather or things that might help with extreme cold or something like that.

But generally, Camilla, I don’t have an update to offer, but you saw the Secretary talking about it not only at the year-end press conference, but also – I think, this week as well. The Taliban’s policies against women and girls are an attack on human rights, and as long as the Taliban repress women and girls, the Taliban’s relations with the international community will suffer. We have been quite clear, the Secretary has been quite clear, that in order to gain legitimacy and credibility, actions will have to speak loudly and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Afghans, not just once.

QUESTION: I want to ask about Vietnam.

QUESTION: Yes. A few days ago, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned in the middle of his term, which was reported to be surprising and unprecedented in his political history. Do you think it could have any diplomatic impact on the US-Vietnam bilateral relationship or the Indo-Pacific?

MR PATEL: Let me say a couple of things about that. So we are aware of the reports of President Phuc’s resignation, and in general, Vietnam is a valued partner of the United States and we look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of our comprehensive partnership later in 2023. We are sure that it is a positive moment. our bilateral relationship will continue following a strong series of high-level engagements this past year, including President Biden’s meeting with Prime Minister Minh Chinh at the US-ASEAN Summit in DC in May, as well as the Phnom Penh Summit. in november

I would like to reiterate that the US-Vietnam partnership has never been stronger, and that we have moved from a history of conflict and division to a comprehensive partnership that encompasses politics, security, economics and people-to-people relations.

QUESTION: Vedant, I want to ask what the US thinks about Medvedev’s rhetoric and comments, the latest: “The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war could lead to a nuclear war.” And we’ve heard this kind of really apocalyptic rhetoric from him over and over again. Does the US think he speaks for Putin, or, for example, what is the assessment of the US?

MR PATEL: Well, I’m not going to look at who is speaking in the Russian Federation. But to echo what you said, Humeyra, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this kind of rhetoric coming out of Russia in a big way. And frankly, we believe that provocative rhetoric around nuclear weapons is not only dangerous, but reckless. It adds to the risk of miscalculation and frankly, it should be avoided, and we won’t let it go. A nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought.

QUESTION: In a similar vein, do you have: do you want to comment in any way on the Iranian foreign minister’s comment that Iran does not see Crimea as Russian territory, that they see Crimea and other territories annexed to Ukraine as Ukrainian? Are you okay with that Iran comment?

MR PATEL: Well, this is a different situation when it comes to the Iranian regime, actions should speak louder than words. We would agree that Crimea is Ukraine, and all other annexed territories are also Ukraine. But what we cannot agree on is Iran’s lethal supply of UAVs to Russia, allowing Russia to attack Ukraine’s civil and energy infrastructure in the dead of winter, all of which is illegal, unjust, and war. A clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

MR PATEL: Okay. Thank you all.

(Befing ended at 14:48)

Does U.S. Embassy respond to email?

Can I email the US Embassy? Non-Immigrant Visas Please direct all routine visa inquiries to For non-routine or non-urgent immigrant visa inquiries, please email

How do I send an email to the visa Embassy?

Dear Sirs: This letter is to introduce [name of applicant, position and company name] to [name of applicant] [name of country] the purpose of the visit is to represent [name of company] [purpose of visit] during the visit. We kindly request you to grant [name of applicant] the appropriate visa for the purpose mentioned above.

How do I get in contact with the U.S. Embassy?

Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call the following US numbers: See the article : Woodstock coffee business works to give formerly incarcerated people of color a “second chance”.

  • From the US and Canada – 1-888-407-4747.
  • From abroad – 1 202-501-4444.

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How do you start a briefing?

Begin by presenting a broad outline of the information you are going to present in the briefing. It’s a good idea to reference the main points in your summary outline. Read also : These U.S. cities have the worst life expectancies, report says. The body of the briefing should mention the objectives in the order presented in that outline.

How do you conduct a briefing? Greet your audience and introduce yourself. State the topic, focus and purpose of your briefing. Depending on your audience and the nature of the briefing, tell the audience that you are happy to take questions during the briefing or ask them to wait until the end to ask questions.

How do you start a team briefing?

Improve the way your team operates with these seven simple strategies that will bring team information to life. See the article : Japan relaxes travel advisory for China, others as COVID risk fades.

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What is a briefing speech?

A technical briefing is a speech that conveys technical information to a specific audience, usually a workplace. Technical briefings should be presented in such a way that the audience can understand and apply critical information.

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When was the purpose of the Department of State?

The US Department of State is responsible for managing the foreign affairs of the United States government. The Department of State, originally known as the Department of Foreign Affairs, established in 1789, is the oldest cabinet-level agency of the Executive Branch.

What was the purpose of the State Department? The State Department advises the President and guides the nation in matters of foreign policy. The State Department negotiates treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and represents the United States at the United Nations.

What did the Department of State do in 1789?

It published the laws of the early United States, maintained custody of federal records, and administered the Territories. Administrative History Note: The Department of Foreign Affairs was created by an act of July 27, 1789 (1 Stat.

When was the Department of State created and why?

The State Department is a US executive department established in 1789 to assist the president in foreign and domestic diplomatic affairs. Antony Blinken is the current secretary of state. It was ratified on January 26, 2021, by a vote of 78-22.

When was the Department of State established?

By the law of July 27, 1789, the Department of State was established as the Department of Foreign Affairs. It received its current name by law of September 15, 1789. The department is responsible for planning and implementing American foreign policy.

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