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Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States continues to strongly condemn Russia’s ongoing support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine. While Ukraine continues its efforts to build a peaceful, unified,... Read More

President Obama on Foreign Policy

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I want to briefly discuss the important actions we’re taking today in support of Ukraine.  Before I do, I want to take a few minutes... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Statement on Anniversary of Nataliya Estemirova’s Murder

AS DELIVERED: Fifth Anniversary of Human Rights Activist Nataliya Estemirova’s Murder Nataliya Estemirova bravely and tirelessly sought to expose horrible human rights violations in Chechnya. Five years ago on July... Read More

Looking for Inclusive Solutions in South Sudan

South Sudan marked its third year of independence on July 9, but this year there seemed little for the people of South Sudan to celebrate. I was just in South... Read More

Ambassador Dunn at a UN Security Council Briefing on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Thank you, Mr. President, for convening today’s sessions, and thank you, Ambassadors Drobnjak and Patriota, for your briefings. I also would like to thank the Permanent Mission of Croatia for... Read More

Remarks on Afghanistan Elections

As Delivered MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us. Today we have to talk to us about Afghanistan elections. I’m going to turn the call over to him. ... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Statement on Cuban Activist Detentions

On Sunday Cuban authorities rounded up and detained over one hundred courageous members of the Damas de Blanco as they sought to peacefully commemorate the loss of life on the... Read More

Facts on Ukraine’s Efforts for Peace, Russia’s Support of Conflict

FACT SHEET Russia’s Continuing Support for Armed Separatists in Ukraine and Ukraine’s Efforts Toward Peace, Unity, and Stability The United States’ goal throughout the crisis in Ukraine has been to... Read More

President Obama’s Remarks at Annual White House Iftar

AS PRESENTED: THE PRESIDENT: Good evening everyone and welcome to the White House. Every year, our Iftar is a chance to join in fellowship with friends, old and new, and... Read More

Ambassador Power Explanation of Vote after a Security Council Vote on a Resolution on Syria

Thank you Mr. President. As we sit here today, nearly 11 million Syrians are struggling to survive the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. I met with some of them... Read More

19th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

This day is about more than keeping alive the memory of the 8,000 men and boys who were savagely murdered in Srebrenica on July 11, 1995. It is about recommitting... Read More

Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – Pride 2014

Ambassador Baer on Istanbul Pride Parade - 7/10/14 Remarks by President Obama at Pride Month Celebration - 6/30/14 Ambassador Power At The "Stonewall At 45" Commemoration - 6/26/14 Fact Sheet:... Read More

Ambassador Bear Response to Report by the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Ambassador Ertuǧrul Apakan

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Apakan back to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his thorough report on a Mission that is a primary focus of all delegations... Read More

Department of State Formal Protest of the Decision by the Government of Bahrain to Expel Assistant Secretary Malinowski from Bahrain

On-the-Record from Jen Psaki, Spokesperson: Department of State Formal Protest of the Decision by the Government of Bahrain to Expel Assistant Secretary Malinowski from Bahrain The following update can be... Read More

Ambassador Baer to OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors

High Commissioner, we thank you for your presence, for your report, and for your ongoing work on conflict prevention at the earliest possible stage. Your work is akin to a... Read More

Ambassador Baer to the Address by Frans Timmermans, Foreign Minister of the Netherlands

The United States extends a warm welcome to Foreign Minister Timmermans. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today, Mr. Foreign Minister, and thank you for your... Read More

Appointment of Staffan de Mistura as UN Special Envoy for Syria

The United States welcomes the decision by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy for Syria. Special Envoy de Mistura is... Read More

The U.S. Contributes Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Crisis in South Sudan

Today, Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard announced nearly $22 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia,... Read More

Ambassador Baer on the Passing of Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze

I offer my deepest condolences on the passing of former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze. As foreign minister of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Shevardnadze played an instrumental role with... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Istanbul Pride Parade

We are pleased to note that on Sunday, June 29, thousands peacefully participated in the Istanbul Pride Parade, marking the end of 10 days of successful LGBT pride events that... Read More


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