Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Paris, France January 23, 2018 Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Again, I want to thank Foreign Minister Le Drian for hosting today’s signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons. ...
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Fact Sheet : International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons

Fact Sheet – Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. – January 23, 2018 The international community is at a critical juncture in the fight to uphold the international norm against chemical weapons use. Repeated obstruction by some countries at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations have undermined the ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson travels to Paris, France

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson travels to London, Paris, Warsaw, and Davos January 21-27. On Tuesday morning, in Paris, the Secretary will meet with French Foreign Minister Le Drian to discuss Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, DPRK, and Ukraine. The Secretary will participate in Paris in a signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity ...
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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Brussels, Vienna, and Paris, December 4-8, 2017

Secretary Tillerson travels to Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; and Paris, France, December 4-8. On December 4, he arrived in Brussels, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend the  December 5-6 NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting . While in Brussels, he will also meet with senior Belgian officials, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha – Press Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha   As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is a special time when millions of Muslims perform acts of charity, remember those ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Delivers Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom… [W]e pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

In releasing the  2017 Trafficking in Persons report , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called  human trafficking  “one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.” The report assesses trafficking in 187 countries, including the United States, and emphasizes the need to hold traffickers accountable and prosecute them. Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who joined Tillerson for the report ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but ...
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President Trump Travels to the Middle East and Europe

President Trump will embark this Friday, May 19th, on a nine-day trip that will take him to Riyadh, Jerusalem, Rome, Brussels, and Taormina. The visit to Saudi Arabia will reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and allow the leaders to discuss issues of strategic concern, including efforts to defeat terrorist ...
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Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and death by the ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Remarks to NATO-Ukraine Commission

Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to represent the United States at this important meeting on Ukraine. Three years ago, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine shook the very foundations of security and stability in Europe. Today, Russia’s ongoing hostility and occupation is compromising our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

By Christopher Connell –  Feb 1, 2017 Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won ...
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It’s World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2016 LEADERSHIP. COMMITMENT. IMPACT. December 1, 2016   Thirty-five years ago, since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, we have made tremendous progress to address HIV/AIDS in Africa and around the world with far greater urgency and action. However, there is still much work to be done. On World AIDS Day 2016, ...
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Kerry: On Climate we must remember stakes and commit not just to doing our best, but what is required.

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Marrakech, Morocco November 16, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much, everybody. I apologize for being a few moments late. There was a fire and then there was some traffic backed up, and so here I am and here are you, and thank you for being here. Let me ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump after meeting

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release                         November 10, 2016 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP AFTER MEETING   Oval Office 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the ...
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” It is time to make decisions that will benefit the people of Syria” Secretary Kerry at the Council Session on Syria, September 21

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State United Nations Headquarters New York City September 21, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. President, good morning, and good morning to all of our colleagues here on the United Nations Security Council. I want to thank my colleague from New Zealand particularly for hosting this very important session on the crisis ...
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Amplifying the Voices of Youth To Push Back Against Extremism

By: Michael Ortiz, Deputy Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism; Andy Rabens Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Shaarik Zafar , Special Representative to Muslim Communities. AsPresident Obama attends his last United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week, we are honored to join him in New York to meet with ...
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Remarks at the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on Refugees and Migration

John Kerry Secretary of State United Nations Headquarters New York City September 19, 2016 Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman. I apologize for being a little bit late. Even with a motorcade, traffic is hard. I want to applaud the United Nations for convening this very timely session on the largescale movement of refugees and migrants, and ...
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Get a sneak peek at the new African-American history museum [video]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open September 24 in Washington, but wherever you are, you can take an early look now. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution has nearly 3,000 objects and 12 exhibitions, along with 183 videos, to tell the story of America through the African-American lens. President Obama will deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. ...
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France joined the Safe Ocean Network to stop illegal fishing

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2016   The Safe Ocean Network, an initiative U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry first announced at the second Our Ocean Conference in 2015, seeks to build a global community to strengthen all aspects of the fight against illegal fishing including detection, enforcement, and prosecution. ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Paris, Vientiane, and Manila

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna, Austria, on July 22 to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the U.S. Delegation in Vienna for the first day of high-level talks at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the ...
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Press Availability after the Counter-ISIL Ministerial Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC July 21, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. As I think you know, today we convened a meeting of the foreign and defense ministers of the counter-Daesh coalition. And with the welcome addition of Interpol, that coalition now stands at 67 members. And today’s ...
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Remarks With French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

Remarks with French Foreign Minister Ayrault  (video) SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I am very happy to welcome my friend Jean-Marc Ayrault, the foreign minister of France. And I want to begin by expressing yet again the deep sympathy and condolence of the United States of America for Nice, for 83 lives lost, including three Americans, but more – France has ...
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Want to make the world a safer place? Feed the hungry.

When the European Union stepped up its inspections of imported crops, small farmers growing beans and peas in Kenya took a hit. Most of the produce Kenya exports is grown on small plots of land, and Kenya’s horticultural exports were cut in half. That’s where  Feed the Future , a U.S. initiative to fight world hunger, entered the picture. ...
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Convention speeches can be star makers

When Republicans and Democrats host their national conventions for the 2016 election season, you’ll see some of the most famous names in U.S. politics carrying the flag for their political parties. But there will also be faces that aren’t so familiar. Yet. The keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston spoke of the ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 15, 2016 Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the American people to the people of France on yesterday’s ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN NICE, FRANCE – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, by the authority vested in me as President of ...
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Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 14, 2016 On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other ...
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Attack in Nice: Press Statement, John Kerry Secretary of State

Washington, DC July 14, 2016 Today’s horrendous attack in Nice is an attack against innocent people on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. On behalf of all Americans, and especially the great many with close ties to France, I offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed ...
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Remarks on the One-Year Anniversary of the JCPOA

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Westin Hotel Paris, France July 14, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: One year ago today, China, Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, the United States, known as the P5+1, succeeded after several years of intensive negotiations in securing an agreement with Iran in order to restrain Iran’s nuclear program in a way ...
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Happy Bastille Day ! Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry

On the Occasion of Bastille Day in France Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 13, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of France in commemorating Bastille Day. This July 14, as we observe the anniversary of the French nation, ...
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After deaths in 3 U.S. cities, Obama calls for respect and restraint

  “I’d like all sides to listen to each other,” President Obama said in Spain in response to a reporter’s question about the recent killings of two African-American men and five police officers in the U.S. His comments came July 10 in the wake of the fatal shootings by police of two African-American men in separate incidents in ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry at a Reception in Celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Secretary Kerry at a Reception in Celebration of Eid al-Fitr SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you, Shaarik and thank you, all distinguished guests, everybody, a very good evening to you. Assalamu alaikum. AUDIENCE: Assalamu alaikum. SECRETARY KERRY: Eid Mubarak. AUDIENCE: Eid Mubarak. SECRETARY KERRY: Very, very happy to have you here to celebrate this. I don’t know about Mandy’s prayer to God for my future. ...
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America’s alliance with Britain and Europe will endure

We need to boost resilience against new threats, including cyber attack, writes Barack Obama Op-Ed by President Obama, Financial Times, July 8, 2016 This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from ...
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Eid Mubarak!

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr   Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe. For Muslim Americans, Eid is an opportunity to reflect on the 30 days spent fasting ...
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Statement by President Obama on the UK Referendum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016   PRESIDENT OBAMA: The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), June 22-24

President Obama will host the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, June 22-24, 2016. GES is a reflection of the U.S. government’s commitment to utilize entrepreneurship as a foundational tool to build more economically prosperous, secure, and globally connected communities around the world. For more information, visit  www.GES2016.org. ...
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Secretary Kerry: “Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage”

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC June 20, 2016 Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of ...
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President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we ...
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2016 World Day Against Child Labor: Child Labor and Supply Chains

Today, World Day Against Child Labor, we renew our commitment to promoting internationally recognized labor rights, and combating forced labor and the worst forms of child labor. The International Labor Organization estimates that more than 168 million children are engaged in child labor across a wide variety of industries. Under initiatives like the UN Sustainable ...
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Obama and Modi: Partners in climate

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have forged a special relationship since their first meeting in 2014 — one that includes a particular interest in clean energy and  climate change . That bond was on display when Obama hosted the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy at the White House on June 7. The meeting is ...
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Obama on Ramadan: A time for unity

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan   As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world. For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, ...
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Secretary Kerry in Paris, June 2-4, 2016

Secretary Kerry traveled to Paris, France, June 2–4. The Secretary participated in the French-hosted ministerial on Middle East peace, and met separately with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to discuss the Counter-ISIL Coalition efforts in Iraq and Syria, as well as a host of other issues. 06/04/16   Remarks Before Meeting With French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault ;  Secretary of State John Kerry; MFA Convention Center; Paris, France ...
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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016 LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2016 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union.  This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals ...
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2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

13 April 2016  2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices      Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices(commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world. The 2015 Reports highlight the intensified global crackdown by ...
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Secretary Kerry : ISIS responsible for Genocide

Remarks on Daesh and Genocide   John Kerry Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC Learn more: Atrocities Prevention Report March 17, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. In 2014, the terrorist group Daesh began to seize territory in Syria and Iraq, overrunning major cities and committing atrocities. The United States responded quickly by denouncing these horrific acts and ...
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