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US State Department celebrates 230th Anniversary

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019. 3:32 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The United States (US) State Department celebrated its 230th Anniversary on July 29, 2019.

In his address at the celebration ceremonies, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo unveiled a new mission statement: “one team, one mission, one future.”

“There is no other federal agency that can do this around the world like the United States Department of State. None. Ours is a very special mission, and today’s anniversary is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to it,” Pompeo expressed.

The United States Embassy in Belize also joined in the celebrations with a Special town hall unveiling the Department’s “Ethos,” and enjoying a birthday cake.

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges highlighted the State Department’s history and importance of diplomacy—reflecting on the legacy of Thomas Jefferson—and underscored service to our country as one team, one mission, one future.”

The US State Department offers many programs for Americans and citizens of other countries to engage in cultural, educational, or professional exchange.

One of their flagship programs is the International Visitor Leadership program (IVLP).

The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.

Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

Each year nearly 5,000 International Visitors come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.


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