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Afghanistan's Election Decision: Putting Country First

Again and again, through all my visits to your country, I've been struck by one profound fact: Afghans want, deserve and are building a better future. You want to live... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin After Their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Make sure it’s still morning. Good morning, everybody. Thank you for being here with us. It’s my pleasure to be able to welcome Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to... Read More

President Obama on Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. In the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, and countries around the world, families are still in shock over the sudden and tragic loss of nearly 300 loved... Read More

Interview on the Election in Afghanistan with BBC Radio 4

BBC: Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, one of the two favorites, claimed there was so much fraud his opponent Ashraf Afghani had stolen the election. So there were various recounts and investigations.... Read More

U.S. Embassy Concerns on Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

July 28, 2014, Colombo: The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

SECRETARY KERRY: Wow. What a great group. Thank you. Please, sit down. Sit down, sit down. Thank you. It is so good to see you all. Welcome. You having fun? ... Read More

Fact Sheet: 2013 International Religious Freedom Report

On July 28, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. The reports, now in their 16th edition, are available on State.gov and... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the Rollout of the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom

Read the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report on state.gov SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. How are you? AUDIENCE: Morning. SECRETARY KERRY: Is everybody good? So I’m going to make –... Read More

Assistant Secretary Malinowski on the Release of the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom

ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: Thanks, everyone. Sorry I’m not the Secretary. (Laughter.) So let me just pick up where the Secretary left off and talk a little bit about the report... Read More

President Obama Announces Key Administration Post, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post: Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein – Ambassador at Large for International... Read More

Ambassador Power on the DPRK Sanctions Committee's Actions in Response to the Chong Chon Gang Incident

On July 2013, Panama seized arms aboard the vessel Chong Chon Gang that were en route from Cuba to North Korea, one of the most serious violations of the UN... Read More

President Obama in Town Hall with the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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,... Read More

U.S. Embassy Condemns Killing of Civilians in Ghor Province, Afghanistan

We condemn, in the strongest terms, the mass killing of civilians in Ghor province on Friday. The attackers targeted civilians who were traveling to and from Kabul, including women, children,... Read More

President Obama on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr 2014

As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a... Read More

Readout of Secretary Kerry's Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. According to a senior State Department official: "During a phone call this... Read More

Release of the International Religious Freedom Report

“Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith. We are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. Our religious diversity enriches our... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Meriam Ishag and Family

Around the world, supporters of religious freedom celebrate the arrival of Meriam Ishag and her family in Rome. I am grateful to the Government of Italy for its role in... Read More

Fact Sheet: Visit of President Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Hernandez of Honduras, and President Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador

On July 25, the President and Vice President hosted Presidents Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to discuss how... Read More

President Obama after meeting with Central American Presidents

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to thank very much, President Molina, President Hernández and President Sánchez Cerén for being here today. Our nations share extraordinary ties of culture, of family,... Read More

Readout of the Vice President's Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the Ukrainian domestic political situation, access for international investigators to the MH-17 crash site, and Russia’s continued supply... Read More


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