WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department has more than 65 nominees awaiting confirmation, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday at a regular news briefing, calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm them before August recess.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis, and Jonathan Landay; Editing by Chris Reese)