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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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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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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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 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 In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our ...
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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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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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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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