The Week At State • A review of the week’s events at the State Department, April 12 – 18, 2021

This week at State, Secretary Blinken participated in President Biden’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Suga and traveled to Brussels, Belgium and Kabul Afghanistan, where he affirmed the United States’ commitment to the Afghan people. The Secretary also announced the Department’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. For the latest, visit
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