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Remarks by Ambassador Rice in an Explanation of Vote on Resolution 1997

The United States deeply regrets the necessity to vote on this resolution to end the UNMIS mandate. We call on the Government of Sudan yet again to reconsider its demand... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks with E.U. High Representative Catherine Ashton

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. And it is, as always, a delight to welcome High Representative Ashton back to the State Department for the continuing consultations that we have been... Read More

Statement by President Obama in Recognition of the Republic of South Sudan

I am proud to declare that the United States formally recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state upon this day, July 9, 2011. After so... Read More

Statement by Secretary Clinton Congratulating the Republic of South Sudan on Its Independence

I am delighted to join President Obama in congratulating the Republic of South Sudan on its independence today. The realization of this historic day is a testament to the tireless... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Rice At a Ceremony Marking the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, President Kiir— I am honored to represent the United States at this hour of celebration. It is my particular privilege to lead such a distinguished,... Read More

Independence Day for South Sudan

This weekend, in Juba, South Sudan, Africa’s 54th nation was born. Millions of people are celebrating a new national identity and new national promise. Like on our own July Independence... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe's Letter to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay

The following is the text of a July 8, 2011 letter from Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay. Dear Madame High Commissioner, ... Read More

Holding Iranian Human Rights Abusers Accountable

Today, the United States and the United Kingdom imposed visa restrictions on officials of the Government of Iran and other individuals who have participated in human rights abuses in Iran.... Read More

FACT SHEET: U.S. Support to Peace and Security in South Sudan

The United States has been deeply engaged in Sudan, having led international efforts to broker the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended decades of civil war between the country’s north... Read More

Under Secretary Burns: U.S.-EU Unfinished Business in the Balkans

As prepared for delivery President Josipovic, Prime Minister Kosor, honored guests, thank you for inviting me to speak in the wonderful city of Dubrovnik. I am very pleased to be... Read More

Cuba: Alan Gross Appeal to Cuban Supreme Court

Question: Can you confirm that the Government of Cuba has scheduled an appeal on July 22 for Alan Gross? What is the US reaction? Answer: Alan Gross was sentenced to... Read More

Briefing on Sudan

MS. NULAND: Good morning, everybody. As you know, this Saturday, July 9th, the Republic of South Sudan will celebrate a ceremony to mark its independence, culminating a six-year peace process.... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe's Statement on Special Rapporteur Falk

I am repulsed by the recent cartoon posting to the personal blog written by Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian... Read More

Conversations With America: Open Government Partnership

MS. BENTON: Hello, and welcome to the U.S. Department of State. This is Conversations with America, a discussion between a top State Department official and an NGO leader, where you... Read More

Ambassador Barton Remarks on Education at ECOSOC Ministerial

Thank you, Mr. President. Your excellencies: The United States believes everyone benefits when we invest in education. Education transforms individual lives: empowering people to pursue their dreams of a better... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iran

We are dismayed over reports that the Iranian courts are requiring Youcef Nadarkhani to recant his Christian faith or face the death penalty for apostasy – a charge based on... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on Reports of Mass Rapes in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States government is gravely disturbed about the mass rapes that occurred between June 10 to 12 in a remote area of South Kivu province in the eastern Democratic... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on North-South Negotiations on Sudan

The United States is encouraged by the July 4 meeting between Sudanese President Bashir and First Vice President Kiir at the Extraordinary Session of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development on... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks at Closing Luncheon for TechWomen Initiative

Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you. (Applause.) Well, this is such an exciting day for all of us here at the State Department who have been working... Read More

Statement by Press Secretary Carney on Bahrain

President Obama welcomes the launch of the National Dialogue in Bahrain, which represents an important moment of promise for the people of Bahrain. The United States commends King Hamad bin... Read More


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