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FACT SHEET: Transition and Reform in Yemen

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman

2011-05-19

The United States seeks to promote democracy, human rights, civil society, and economic development in Yemen through an orderly, peaceful transition that is responsive to the aspirations of the Yemeni... Read More

Charge d’Affaires Fuller: Statement on Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan

United States Mission to the OSCE

United States Mission to the OSCE, Chargé d’Affaires to the Permanent Council, Carol Fuller

2011-05-19

The United States remains concerned about restrictions on the right of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. Today we note with concern the May 18 conviction of youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev,... Read More

FACT SHEET: Tunisian Transition and U.S. Support

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman

2011-05-19

With our 200-year long relationship with Tunisia as a solid foundation, the United States is committed to working with the people and government of Tunisia to lay the groundwork for... Read More

Statement on ICTR Judgment Against Four Senior Rwandan Officers

Acting Deputy Spokesman Mark C. Toner

2011-05-19

This week, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted and sentenced four senior Rwandan security officials for their role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed over 800,000 Tutsis... Read More

FACT SHEET: Assistance to Egypt

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman

2011-05-19

The U.S. Government will support Egypt and the Egyptian people with their needs for economic recovery, free and fair elections, and overall stability.  In the short-term, our assistance efforts will... Read More

FACT SHEET: Transition and Reform in Libya

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman

2011-05-19

The United States supports the Libyan people’s desire for legitimate reforms and a peaceful political transition.  Unfortunately, the Qadhafi regime has responded to the people’s democratic aspirations with repression and... Read More

FACT SHEET: "A Moment of Opportunity" in the Middle East and North Africa

The White House Office of the Press Secretary

2011-05-19

“So we face an historic opportunity. We have embraced the chance to show that America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of... Read More

Charge d’Affaires Fuller: Statement on Freedom of the Media in Belarus

United States Mission to the OSCE

U.S. Mission to the OSCE, Chargé d’Affaires to the Permanent Council, Carol Fuller

2011-05-19

The United States condemns the May 14 conviction of presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau and other democratic activists in Belarus. We consider the presidential candidates and other activists, who are being... Read More

Moment of Opportunity: American Diplomacy in the Middle East & North Africa

President Obama lays out his vision for a new chapter in American diplomacy as calls for reform and democracy spread across the Middle East and North Africa, and in light of the death of Osama bin Laden.

President Barack Obama

2011-05-19

Word cloud of President Obama's speech titled: Moment of Opportunity: American Diplomacy in the Middle East THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please,... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Interview With Katie Couric of CBS News

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2011-05-19

QUESTION:  In Syria, Secretary Clinton, the government crackdown has killed an estimated 700 people in the last two months.  What took so long for the Administration to put these new... Read More

FACT SHEET: Transition and Reform in Morocco

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman

2011-05-19

In this moment of profound change in the region, the United States supports Morocco’s efforts to promote ongoing democratic development through constitutional, judicial, and political reforms. In March 2011, King... Read More

Secretary Clinton: Introductory Remarks for President Obama's Speech on Events in the Middle East and North Africa, and U.S. Policy in the Region

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2011-05-19

SECRETARY CLINTON:  Thank you all, and welcome to the State Department.  I am delighted to be here to welcome the President as well as our colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps,... Read More

FACT SHEET: SYRIA

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman

2011-05-19

We reject the Syrian government’s justification of its tactics as necessary to maintain “stability.” The Asad regime remains the source of instability as it foments violence by meeting peaceful protests... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Dunn at a Security Council Debate on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ambassador David Dunn, Acting U.S. Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs

2011-05-18

Thank you, Mr. President. Let me also thank the Government of France for hosting this important session on the stabilization of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thank you, Mr.... Read More

Executive Order--Blocking Property of Senior Officials of the Government of Syria

President Barack Obama

2011-05-18

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701... Read More

Text of a Letter--Blocking Property of Senior Officials of the Government of Syria

Text of a letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

President Barack Obama

2011-05-18

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)      Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive... Read More

Concern Over Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Press Statement

Acting Deputy Spokesman Mark C. Toner

2011-05-18

The United States is deeply concerned that Iran continues to deny its citizens and other persons within Iran their human rights. Judicial cases, trials, and sentences continue to proceed without... Read More

U.S. Engagement and Recent Visits to Sudan

Special Briefing

Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman, and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah

2011-05-18

 Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the Department of State. I’m very happy to have with us today, Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman, Ambassador Princeton Lyman, and the USAID Administrator... Read More

Press briefing by Senior Administration Officials to Preview Economic Components of the President's Speech on Events in the Middle East and North Africa

Via conference call, Senior Administration Officials speaking on background

The White House Office of the Press Secretary

2011-05-18

MR. VIETOR:  Thanks, everybody, for getting on.  We wanted to do a quick call to preview a portion of the President’s speech tomorrow.        First, the housekeeping.  This is... Read More

Administration Priorities for Europe in the 112th Congress

Statement before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon

2011-05-18

Chairman Shaheen, Ranking Member Barrasso, Members of the Committee: Watching the wave of democracy protests in the Arab world reminds us inevitably of the last time dictatorships across an entire... Read More



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