Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Office of Press Relations
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

On July 20, 2021, Administrator Power met with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of Belarus’s democratic movement, who thanked the U.S. for its longstanding support of the Belarusian people. The Administrator expressed appreciation for Tsikhanouskaya’s tireless advocacy for human rights, and she voiced grave concern over the government’s increasingly ruthless crackdown and its dangerous efforts to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed how the United States can further hold accountable those orchestrating violent repression, while supporting those working towards an inclusive dialogue and a new election.

Last updated: July 21, 2021

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