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This Week At State • A review of the week’s events at the State Department, February 15 – 21

#ThisWeekatState for February 15-21, Secretary Blinken joins 55 other countries in endorsing the launch of the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations, delivers remarks to the G5 Sahel Summit, and addresses the UN Security Council briefing on COVID-19 and vaccine access. @POTUS and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry wrapped up the week addressing the Munich Security Conference Special Edition 2021, as the U.S. officially rejoins the Paris Agreement. For the latest, visit
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