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Testimony of Assistant Secretary Melia before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for inviting me to testify on Georgia today.  Before I do so, I would like to thank you, the other Members, and the professional staff of... Read More

A Meeting With Refugees in Istanbul

Anne C. Richard serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. I recently spent time in Istanbul to learn about some of the people who have sought refuge... Read More

Assistant Secretary Brimmer on U.N., U.S. Multilateral Priorities

As Prepared Thank you, Daniel, for that introduction. Let me start by thanking CSIS for the opportunity to speak with you today about the upcoming UN General Assembly session, and... Read More

Joint Statement by the U.S. and Mexico on Cooperation Against Transnational Crime

The Merida Initiative High-Level Consultative Group on Bilateral Cooperation Against Transnational Criminal Organizations 1. The Merida Initiative High-Level Consultative Group held its fourth meeting today, under the leadership of Secretary... Read More

United States-Mexico Sign Agreement to Collaborate in Promoting Gender Equality

On September 18, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa signed the U.S.-Mexico Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Promotion of Gender Equality, the... Read More

U.S. Statement on the UPR Report Adoption for Ecuador

The United States would like to thank His Excellency the Permanent Representative of Ecuador for his update this morning. We welcome the Government’s decision to accept recommendations to combat gender-based... Read More

Statement by Assistant Secretary Posner at the Adoption of the Bahrain UPR Report

The United States welcomes the presence of the Bahraini delegation, led by Foreign Minister Shaykh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa. The Council has been an important forum to discuss developments in... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Work in Haiti on Governance, Rule of Law, and Security

Challenges The January 12, 2010, earthquake had an immediate impact on governance and rule of law, killing an estimated 18 percent of Haiti’s civil service and destroying key infrastructure, including... Read More

President Obama’s Rosh Hashanah Greeting

At sundown on September 16, the Jewish community in the United States and all over the world celebrated the start of the new year. In honor of the occasion, President... Read More

Remarks from Under Secretary Otero at Press Conference in Honduras

Thank you, Madam Ambassador. I begin with congratulations for your upcoming Independence Day festivities and we have the opportunity to cheer for independence and let you know that we recognize... Read More

Remarks from Assistant Secretary Gordon at German Marshall Fund on Trans-Atlantic Trends

Well, thanks for that, Ivan, Enders, and for having me here. It’s always nice to be back at GMF. I think this is the fourth time I’ve done a comment... Read More

U.S. Country Response to the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples

Human Rights Council 21st Session Thank you, Madame President.  The United States was pleased to welcome Special Rapporteur Anaya for an April-May 2012 visit, during which he consulted many key... Read More

Statement by Spokesperson Nuland on Russian Decision to End USAID Activities in Russia

The United States recently received the Russian government’s decision to end USAID activities in the Russian Federation.  We are extremely proud of what USAID has accomplished in Russia over the... Read More

Remarks from Secretary Clinton Honoring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)

Well, it’s wonderful to be back here at USIP, especially for this extraordinary, auspicious occasion.  I want to thank USIP and congratulate Jim Marshall upon becoming president.  We certainly look... Read More

Map of Numbers and Locations of People Fleeing the Violence in Syria

This map is an update of the one we  posted on June 15 which shows the number of people displaced by the violence in Syria. The Assad regime is a destabilizing... Read More

Honoring Those Lost in Attacks in Libya

On September 14, 2012, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony to honor those lost in attacks in Benghazi,... Read More

Remarks by President Obama at Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Benghazi Victims

Scripture teaches us “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Glen Doherty never shied from adventure. He believed that, in... Read More

Remarks by Secretary Clinton at Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Americans killed in Benghazi

Thank you very much, Chaplain. Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Secretary Panetta, Ambassador Rice, Secretary Powell and Mrs. Powell, family members of the four patriots and heroes we bring home,... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Iran's Nuclear Program and Oil Revenue

The United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and has pursued a dual-track policy to do so. Yesterday, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board... Read More

Assistant Secretary Carson on Hearing on Peacekeeping Missions in Africa

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak about peacekeeping in Africa today. As members of the Committee are aware, President Obama’s recent Presidential... Read More


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