Department of State

Religion, rights, and geopolitics on Vartholemos’ US visit, meetings with Biden, Blinken, Pelosi

By George Gilson

When Greek Orthodox Archbishop Athenagoras of America was elected Ecumenical Patriarch - the first among equals with a coordinating role in Eastern Orthodox Church, which is said to have 300 million faithful worldwide) - in 1948, he travelled to Istanbul, Turkey, for his enthronement on the presidential aeroplane of US President Harry Truman.

Senate committee backs Biden's nominee for ambassador to Turkey

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Oct. 19 approved the nomination of former Senator Jeff Flake as U.S. ambassador to Turkey. 

The committee voted to approve 33 nomimees for the State Department, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other critical foreign policy nominations.

US consulting with Turkey on resolving F-35 row: State Department

The U.S. remains in active consultations with Turkey over resolving an ongoing row concerning Ankara's expulsion from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the State Department said on Oct. 18.

Spokesman Ned Price said the Biden administration is engaged with Turkey over "an F-35 dispute resolution," but said he would not "prejudge the outcome of" those discussions.

US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident.

The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.

Havana syndrome attacks again

The syndrome appeared in the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, all before the visit of Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the capital Bogota.
The official added that he suspected that the problem appeared in several other people, the "Wall Street Journal" reported. An American family left the country for treatment because of that.