Iran: Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C., May 14, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, UK Foreign Secretary Johnson, and German Foreign Minister Maas  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo has spoken over the last several days with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, UK Foreign ...
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G5 Sahel : Statement from Thomas P. Bossert, U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

“The meeting today to discuss the G5 Sahel Joint Force was productive and timely. There have been more than 870 attacks this year in the Sahel. It’s time to coordinate the effective eradication of ISIS and al-Qaida forces and end human trafficking and slavery.  As part of the longstanding U.S. commitment to stabilizing the region, ...
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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany, February 18, 2017 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new capacity as Vice President, I am honored and humbled to have ...
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Excerpts of the Remarks of Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Munich Security Conference

Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017 […] As guardians for our nations and sentinels alert to new threats, we all see our community of nations under threat on multiple fronts as the arc of instability builds on NATO’s periphery and beyond. Unified by these growing threats to our democracies, we possess strong resolve to ...
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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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Guidance for Dual Nationals under Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in the United States”

1. The Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals, so long as they hold the passport of an unrestricted country and possess a valid U.S. visa. They may resume travel to the United States. 2. Our Embassies and Consulates around the world will process visa applications and issue nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to otherwise ...
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The Inauguration of the President

  The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the  Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related Websites   58th Presidential Inauguration  on Senate.gov Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The  Constitution of the United States  of America White House  website (whitehouse.gov) How Senate confirmations work  (ShareAmerica) Inauguration Quick Facts Who? President Donald ...
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Donald Trump: America’s next president

Watch the live stream coverage of Inauguration Day 2017 on the  Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Donald J. Trump, a businessman who promises to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living, on January 20 takes office as the 45th president of the United States. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from ...
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Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States Leaders’ Statement on the situation in Aleppo

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 07, 2016 Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States Leaders’ Statement on the situation in Aleppo   A humanitarian disaster is taking place before our very eyes. Some 200,000 civilians, including many children, in eastern Aleppo are cut off from food ...
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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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U.S. Businesses Lead the Way in the Fight Against Climate Change

U.S. Businesses Lead the Way in the Fight Against Climate Change Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco Jane D.  Hartley, the Huffington Post, November 4, 2016 If markets and businesses thrive on certainty, as the old adage goes, then they should be pleased with the latest developments on fighting climate change. For it ...
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What’s next for the Paris climate agreement?

It could have taken years. But after more than 190 countries signed the historic Paris climate agreement  in December 2015, bringing the accord into force took months. On October 5, enough countries had formally ratified the accord for the Paris agreement to go into effect. President Obama hailed the achievement, saying “ The world meets the moment. ” Does that mean the world is safe from the intense droughts, ...
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Assistant Secretary Richard announces add’l $364 million in assistance to those affected by war in Syria

Briefing on Syria Humanitarian Assistance Special Briefing Anne C. Richard Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Washington, DC September 27, 2016 MR TONER: Hey, everyone. QUESTION: Good afternoon. MR TONER: Hey. Happy Tuesday. Welcome to the State Department. So before I get to your questions, I just – we have with us today Assistant ...
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By TV, Twitter and Facebook, U.S. presidential debates are coming

Televised presidential-candidate debates have become a mainstay of U.S. elections since the first one in 1960 drew an audience of 74 million people. But that was just a television audience. This year’s debates will be available to the world, an increasing majority of which is more inclined to watch at a computer or with a ...
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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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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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Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Paris, France on September 8-9, 2016.

This first France-U.S. Cyber Bilateral Meeting strengthened the longstanding partnership between France and the United States on critical global cyber issues by reaffirming our already effective collaboration on key cyber topics and identifying additional areas for cooperation and enhancement.  The meeting represented a “whole-of-government” approach, allowing for in-depth cooperation on a wide range of cyber ...
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Meet 5 U.S.-based groups helping displaced Syrians

The need is tremendous and historic. Even as the U.S. government steps up its assistance, many U.S.-based groups are providing relief to millions of Syrians forced to leave their homes since the conflict in that country began more than five years ago. Meet five U.S. nongovernmental organizations doing their part. Mercy Corps Syrian girls relax at a ...
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Sanctuaries save the creatures of the sea

The science is clear. Diminished, depleted stocks of fish and other marine life  can recover in a protected habitat. That’s why creating additional protected areas is a priority for nations participating in Our Ocean, One Future , a conference to be hosted by the U.S. Department of State from September 15 to 16. U.S. marine sanctuaries protect natural and cultural features ...
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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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Joint Statement by Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Expanded Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL / Daesh

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2016 The Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Counter-ISIL (Da’esh) Coalition Small Group, Military Coalition and members that have made major non-military contributions met today in Washington at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to ...
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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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Media Briefing at 2016 International AIDS Conference

Media Briefing with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. International AIDS Society (IAS) President-Elect Linda-Gail Bekker Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAIDS), Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. July 18, 2016 21st International AIDS Conference Durban, South Africa IAS PRESIDENT-ELECT BEKKER:  It’s my ...
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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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The Warsaw declaration on Transatlantic Security

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Warsaw 8-9 July 2016   Today, our nations face an unprecedented range of security challenges, including the terrorism that has struck hard in many of our countries; Russia’s actions, especially in Ukraine, that undermine the rules-based order ...
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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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2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate ...
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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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June 20 is World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, June 20, is a day to honor the nearly 60 million people displaced from their countries by violence and persecution. The United States is the largest single humanitarian donor, providing billions of dollars per year to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with life-saving assistance. The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provides protection, eases suffering, and works to resolve the ...
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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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Country Reports on Terrorism 2015

The Country Reports on Terrorism are submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which requires the Department of State to provide to Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of the Act. From Chapter 1 ( Strategic Assessment ) of ...
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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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Obama: Counter-ISIL Campaign Accelerates

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 — The campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has accelerated, President Barack Obama said yesterday at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama spoke to the press after a meeting of the National Security Council at the intelligence facility to review progress being made against all stripes of terrorist. In February, the president ordered the national ...
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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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