Washington, DC - Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will lead the U.S. delegation to the Organization of American States (OAS) Special General Assembly in Washington, D.C. on March 18 for the election of a new Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General to head the Western Hemisphere’s premier multilateral organization. The Special General Assembly is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.

The Deputy Secretary will also engage regional counterparts on issues of shared interest, and will underscore the United States’ commitment to reform and strengthen the OAS and preserve its leadership role in advancing the core values of its Charter and the principles enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

The U.S. delegation will include John D. Feeley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS.

The Special General Assembly will be livestreamed at: http://www.oas.org/en/media_center/webcast_schedule.asp