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Remarks by President Obama at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Thank you. Please be seated. Well, good afternoon, everybody. To Mayor Bloomberg, thank you -- not only for the kind introduction, but to Bloomberg... Read More

U.S.-African Cooperation in Advancing Gender Equality

“…e support societies that empower women -- because no country will reach its potential unless it draws on the talents of our wives and our mothers, and our sisters and... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, President Kim, Jim, thank you very, very much for your welcome. Welcome to all of you here, and I appreciate your – the substance of your comments. ... Read More

Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States

The governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States commend the members of the Libyan Council of Representatives for beginning their work today. The convening of... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the Civil Society Forum Global Town Hall

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning, everybody. Thank you, Linda, very, very much for opening this exciting beginning of a very exciting three days, and we’re really delighted to welcome everybody... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

“f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free... Read More

Ambassador Power at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Hello everybody, I’m Samantha Power. I get to be ambassador to the United Nations every day, representing the United States, and I’m delighted to be on this panel. I overheard... Read More

New Report Highlights Issues Faced by LGBT Persons in Vietnam

HANOI, August 4, 2014 – On August 2, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), released the first-ever comprehensive report on... Read More

White House on the 70th Anniversary of the Massacre of Roma and Sinti People at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Seventy years ago, on August 2, 1944, Nazis massacred almost 3,000 Roma and Sinti men, women, and children at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. We mark the anniversary of this atrocity... Read More

Secretary Kerry in Commemoration of the World War II Genocide of Roma

We pause today to mourn and remember the hundreds of thousands of Romani men, women and children who were savagely and senselessly murdered by the Nazis during World War II. ... Read More

Criminal Charges against Institute for Peace and Democracy Director Leyla Yunus in Azerbaijan

The criminal charges levied against prominent human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus on July 30 are deeply concerning and represent a further restriction on peaceful civil... Read More

Visa Restrictions Against Human Rights Abusers in Venezuela

Venezuela in recent months has witnessed large-scale protests by demonstrators concerned about deteriorating economic, social, and political conditions.  Government security forces have responded to these protests in many instances with... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $378 million in additional U.S. aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. ... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the U.S. Contributing $378 Million in Additional Funding to Syria

Nearly 11 million Syrians today are struggling to survive one of the worst humanitarian crises in living memory. The brutally indefensible and illegitimate Asad regime continues to pursue its... Read More

Remarks by the First Lady at the Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness. Look at you all! (Applause.) Oh, please sit, sit. Rest. (Laughter.) How has everything been? Exciting? So you’ve talked to a lot of important... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice “Africa and America: Partners in a Shared Future”

Good morning, everyone. Thank you Kristin for that very generous introduction. And thank you all for being here. In particular I want to acknowledge and thank members of the African... Read More

Ambassador DiCarlo at the End of July UN Security Council Session

Mr. President, thank you for your steady and very efficient stewardship of the Council this month; the Rwandan coffee you shared with us at the beginning of July has held... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Young African Leaders Initiative

So, I am the last person standing between you and a night on the town. Trouble. You have made it, you have made it. You had made it; you actually... Read More

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


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