Secretary Tillerson To Travel to Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi, N’Djamena, and Abuja

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2018 On his first official trip to Africa, Secretary Rex Tillerson will travel to N’Djamena, Chad; Djibouti, Djibouti; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria, March 6-13, 2018. Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership of the ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s declaration on the occasion of Chad’s 57th year of independence

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC, August 11, 2017 On behalf of the people of the United States, our congratulations to the people of Chad as you celebrate your 57th year of independence on August 11. The United States commends Chad’s contributions to international peacekeeping operations and Chad’s hosting of Exercise ...
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2017 EID AL-FITR MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY REX TILLERSON

June 22, 2017 Dear Mr. Minister On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, I convey our warmest wishes to our Muslim friends around the world. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a holy month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. On Eid al-Fitr I Muslims in the United ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the occasion of ramadan

May 26, 2017 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON On the Occasion of Ramadan On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.  Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to ...
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Secretary Kerry: Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks on Middle East peace.

Today, I want to share candid thoughts about an issue which for decades has animated the foreign policy dialogue here and around the world — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Throughout his Administration, President Obama has been deeply committed to Israel and its security, and that commitment has guided his pursuit of peace in the Middle East. This is ...
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Excerpts From Remarks by President Obama on Mass 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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Remarks by Secretary Kerry on the International Women’s Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women—past, present, and future—and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population. We remember the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history, and we applaud the ...
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Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address

The White House Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the First Session of COP21

President Obama:  President Hollande, Mr. Secretary General, fellow leaders.  We have come to Paris to show our resolve. We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city.  We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of China Before Bilateral Meeting

President Xi:  (As interpreted.)  (In progress.)  At the present, the world economy is recovering slowly.  Terrorism is on the rise and climate change is a huge challenge.  There is more instability and uncertainty in the international situation.  Against this backdrop, it’s very important for China and the United States to be firmly committed to the ...
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Remarks by President Obama in Mission Innovation Announcement

President Obama:  Good afternoon.  Prime Minister Modi and I apologize for being late but, I can assure you, we were working and hopefully helping to advance President Hollande’s agenda and a successful Paris summit.  I want to thank François, my fellow leaders, Prime Minister Modi, and Bill Gates — two of the driving forces behind ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015

On World AIDS Day, we recognize the millions of people impacted by HIV/AIDS – the lives lost and the families forever torn apart by this disease. We also acknowledge the heroic and life-saving work of partners from governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations across the world. I have been involved in the ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:53 A.M. EDT President Obama:  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, heads of state and government.  Last year, here at the United Nations, I called on the world to unite against the evil that is ISIL, or Daesh, and to eradicate the scourge of violent extremism.  And I challenged ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Closing Session of Sustainable Development Goals Summit

General Assembly Hall United Nations New York, New York 3:04 P.M. EDT President Obama:  Good afternoon.  Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great honor to be here to address the topic of sustainable development. In many of our nations, especially developed countries, there is among our general population a genuine ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry On Eid Al-Adha

Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha.  We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith. Eid al-Adha is a special time when Muslims ...
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Obama at YALI Presidential Summit Town Hall

The President: Well, hello, everybody! (Applause.) Audience: Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, Mr. President, happy birthday to you! (Applause.) The President: Thank you. Everybody sit down. Thank you so much. (Applause.) Well, this is a good crowd here! (Applause.) First of all, can everybody please give Grace another big round ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the People of Africa

Mandela Hall African Union Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2:07 P.M. EAT The President:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. Madam Chairwoman, thank you so much for your kind words and your leadership.  To Prime Minister Hailemariam, and the people of Ethiopia — once again, thank you for your wonderful hospitality and for hosting this ...
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2015 Eid Al-fitr Message from President Obama

Dear Mr./Madam President/Prime Minister (or other appropriate salutation): The American people join Michelle and me as we extend our best wishes to you and the people of your country as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world – including our strong and vibrant American Muslim community – have striven to get closer ...
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Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. Remarks of President Barack Obama State of the Union Address Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting ...
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Obama on U.S. Policy Changes Regarding Cuba

Note: These are excerpts, not the complete speech which is available at whitehouse.gov   Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our ...
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Remarks by President Obama in address to the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary United Nations General Assembly Hall New York City, New York 10:13 A.M. EDT President Obama: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope. Around the globe, there ...
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President Obama at Conclusion of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

State Department 6:14 P.M. EDT President Obama: As I think everyone knows by now, this first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit has been the largest gathering we’ve ever hosted with African heads of state and government — and that includes about 50 motorcades. So I want to begin by thanking the people of Washington, D.C. for helping ...
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Michelle Obama at Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit

The Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, D.C. 11:01 A.M. EDT Mrs. Obama: Oh, my goodness. Look at you all! (Applause.) Oh, please sit, sit. Rest. (Laughter.) How has everything been? Exciting? So you’ve talked to a lot of important people — my husband, he was here. (Applause.) That’s good. And a few other people? You’ve been ...
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Obama at Young African Leaders Summit in Washington

Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, D.C. 11:10 A.M. EDT The President: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. We’re just getting started here. Well, hello, everybody. (Applause.) Welcome to Washington. I know most of you are visiting our country for the first time. ...
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Remarks by President Obama at 70th Anniversary of D-day

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial Omaha Beach Normandy, France 11:16 A.M. CET President Obama: President Hollande; to the people of France; friends; the family; our veterans: If prayer were made of sound, the skies over England that night would have deafened the world. Captains paced their decks. Pilots tapped their gauges. Commanders pored over maps, ...
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Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day — Warsaw, Poland

President Obama:  Hello, Warsaw!  (Applause.)  Witaj, Polsko!  (Applause.) Mr. President; Mr. Prime Minister; Madam Mayor; heads of state and government, past and present — including the man who jumped that shipyard wall to lead a strike that became a movement, the prisoner turned president who transformed this nation — thank you, Lech Walesa, for your ...
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Excerpts from President Obama’s Remarks at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day — Warsaw, Poland

“Our democracies must be defined not by what or who we’re against, but by a politics of inclusion and tolerance that welcomes all our citizens.  Our economies must deliver a broader prosperity that creates more opportunity, especially for young people.  Leaders must uphold the public trust and stand against corruption, not steal from the pockets ...
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President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama State of the Union Address Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Washington, D.C. The President: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Death of Nelson Mandela

Madiba’s ‘long walk to freedom’ gave new meaning to courage, character, forgiveness, and human dignity.  Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives on. He will be remembered as a pioneer for peace. There are some truly brave people in this world whom you meet and you’re forever ...
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President Obama at U.N. General Assembly’s 68th Session

President Obama: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Each year we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution. For most of recorded history, individual aspirations were subject to the whims of tyrants and empires. Divisions of race and religion and tribe were settled through the sword and the ...
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President Obama’s Remarks on Syria

The President: Good afternoon, everybody. Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. Yesterday the United States presented a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people. Our intelligence ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Kikwete of Tanzania at Joint Press Conference

President Kikwete: You Excellency, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America — Mr. President, let me once again welcome you and the U.S. First Lady, and your entire delegation to Tanzania. I thank you, Mr. President, for accepting my invitation to visit Tanzania.  The people of Tanzania love you.  (Applause.) You have seen the ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Cap Town (South Africa)

President Obama: Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Please, please, everybody have a seat.  Hello Cape Town! Audience: Hello! President Obama: Thobela.  Molweni.  Sanibona.  Dumelang.  Ndaa.  Reperile. Audience: Reperile! President Obama: See, I’ve been practicing.  How-zit?  (Applause.)  Did I leave anybody out?  All right, well, I didn’t want to leave anybody ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Sall of Senegal in an Exchange of Toasts at Presidential Palace in Dakar

President Sall: (As interpreted.)  Your Excellency, Barack Obama; distinguished First Lady, Michelle Obama; distinguished First Lady of Senegal, Marieme Sall; distinguished members of the American delegation; distinguished Speaker of the Parliament; distinguished Prime Minister; Madame President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council; distinguished senior ministers, distinguished ministers; honorable members of Parliament; Your Excellencies, distinguished ambassadors; ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Sall of the Republic of Senegal at Joint Press Conference at Presidential Palace in Dakar

President Sall:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, Mr. Barack Obama, good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m extremely happy to welcome President Barack Obama for his first trip to Africa since his reelection in November last year. So, Mr. President, I’d like to once again welcome you to Senegal and wish you a pleasant stay in Senegal.  ...
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Kerry on New U.S. Assistance for People in Sahel

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Kerry U.S. Responds to Humanitarian Needs in the Sahel I am pleased to announce that the United States is providing an additional $51 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of the Sahel region. The Sahel is one of the poorest regions of the ...
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