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Countering Violent Extremism: How Human Rights and Good Governance Help Prevent Terrorism RemarksSarah SewallUnder Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Washington, DC February 29, 2016 Hello everyone, and thank you Deborah for the kind introduction. And thanks to the Josef Korbel School of International Studies for inviting me to speak with you all today and for honoring me with this award. I am very grateful. This school has produced more than its fair share of “Engaged Policymakers,” and I have no doubt that many of you students will go on to continue that tradition. But look, being a policymaker is a real [...]
Wed, Mar 02, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Remarks With German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC February 29, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody. Well, Frank-Walter and I wanted to take advantage of Leap Year, the extra day in February, so we figured we'd get together once again. We are hardly, hardly strangers. We spent an enormous amount of time in Vienna, in Lausanne, in Montreux, in Geneva, and already in Munich this year, and we've spent a lot of time working together, cooperating, and talking about the critical issues in front of Europe, the world, the challenge of countering violent extreme – extremism. And I [...]
Mon, Feb 29, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Special Representative O'Brien Travel to Northern Ireland Media NoteOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 25, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O'Brien, in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland, will lead a delegation of U.S. investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and representatives from academia to Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland from February 29 - March 4, 2016. The purpose of the delegation will be to bring together representatives in Northern Ireland and members of the U.S. private sector to seek out potential projects, partnerships and business opportunities. On February 29 and March 1, Special Representative O'Brien and the delegation [...]
Thu, Feb 25, 2016, Continue reading at the source
On the Occasion of Estonia's National Day Press StatementJohn KerrySecretary of State Washington, DC February 22, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I offer my warmest congratulations to the people of Estonia as you celebrate on February 24th the anniversary of the founding of your Republic. As NATO Allies, our two countries work closely to promote peace, freedom, and prosperity around the world. Estonians should be proud of the respect their nation has earned because of the strength of its democratic institutions, its participation in multilateral peacekeeping missions, its unwavering support for European integration and transatlantic unity, [...]
Mon, Feb 22, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Second Anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity Press StatementMark C. TonerDeputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2016 Today, we join the people of Ukraine in honoring the memory of their Revolution of Dignity and those who gave their lives to build a more just, democratic, and European Ukraine. They braved sniper fire and three months in the bitter cold, and Ukraine got a second chance for freedom, justice, and a government that serves the people. Ukraine's reformers have made substantial progress, but much more remains to be done. The United States calls on Ukraine's leaders to honor the memory of the Maidan by [...]
Sat, Feb 20, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Secretary Kerry's Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond ReadoutOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2016 The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met in London this morning with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. The two ministers discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and the progress being made in Geneva by UN task forces -- one to develop the modalities of a cessation of hostilities and the other to ensure the sustained and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance to besieged areas. Secretary ‎Kerry thanked the Foreign Secretary for Great Britain's continued leadership in the International Syria Support Group, as well [...]
Sat, Feb 20, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Interview With Elise Labott of CNN InterviewJohn KerrySecretary of State St. Briac, France June 7, 2014 QUESTION: We're told that these five can roam around the country. Pretty vague on what those restrictions and monitoring are. I mean, tell me about that. And on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most confident -- SECRETARY KERRY: Well, I'm not going to -- QUESTION: -- how confident are you that the Qataris are going to be able to keep a close eye on these guys? SECRETARY KERRY: Well, they're not the only ones keeping an eye on them. QUESTION: The U.S. is going to be monitoring [...]
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, Continue reading at the source
A Pivotal Moment for the Eastern Partnership: Outlook for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan TestimonyVictoria NulandAssistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC November 14, 2013 As prepared Thank you, Chairman Murphy, Ranking Member Johnson, and the distinguished members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is my honor to appear before you today to discuss the EU's upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit and highlight the opportunities and challenges we face in this part of Europe. While the six Eastern Partnership countries have responded in various ways to the [...]
Wed, Dec 16, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State The Kremlin Moscow, Russia December 15, 2015 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Today, we had a big negotiating day with John Kerry and his delegation finalizing their working visit to Moscow. We started with negotiations at Russian foreign ministry and we continued here in the Kremlin during the meeting with President Putin. Negotiations in the morning and in the evening were concrete, specific. We were focusing on issues of Syrian settlement with the link on intensifying our efforts to counterterrorism. ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusrah, and other terrorist groups are [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks With Russian President Vladimir Putin RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State The Kremlin Moscow, Russia December 15, 2015 PRESIDENT PUTIN: (Via interpreter) Your Excellency, Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues, I would like to cordially welcome you to Moscow. Your Excellency, Secretary of State, we see what efforts you have undertaken in order to settle a number of very urgent problems. And it's very – even difficult to track all your movements around the globe. I believe you have some time to sleep and to rest. Well, you know that together, we are looking for ways out of the most urgent crises. I know that after [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Joint Statement by Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries and the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia Media NoteOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 5, 2013 On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Kyiv, the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries (Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, Minister for European Affairs of France Thierry Repentin, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland) and the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov and Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian agreed to continue working together on a just [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Escalating Violence Along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Press StatementMarie HarfDeputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 1, 2014 The United States expresses its concern about the escalation of violence along the Line of Contact that resulted in significant casualties on July 31. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed or injured and call on the sides to take immediate action to reduce tensions and respect the cease-fire. There can be no military solution to the conflict. Retaliation and further violence will only make it more difficult to bring about a peaceful settlement. The United [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks With With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Moscow, Russia December 15, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Sergey, thank you very much for arranging this meeting and thank you for your welcome here in Moscow. I agree completely with the agenda you've set out. I think it's the agenda we've discussed previously. And I think today is an important day for us to try to make further progress on a number of these issues. In the meeting in New York between our presidents, both President Putin and President Obama made it very clear that they [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Press Availability With Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Martin Kobler RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rome, Italy December 13, 2015 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and the UN Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler will be addressing the meeting. FOREIGN MINISTER GENTILONI: Well, first of all, I wanted to thank John Kerry, convening with us, with Italy, this meeting; and Martin Kobler, for the extraordinary effort the United Nations has made in these months and in the [...]
Sun, Dec 13, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks at COP21 Plenary RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Le Bourget Paris, France December 12, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Monsieur le President Hollande, Mr. Secretary-General, and my friend, Laurent Fabius, president of COP, let me begin by simply saying: Laurent, you have done a superb job, as everybody has said, exercising critical multilateral stewardship here, and everybody is very grateful for your leadership. This is a tremendous victory for all of our citizens – not for any one country or any one bloc, but for everybody here who has worked so hard to bring us across the finish line. It's a victory for all of the planet [...]
Sat, Dec 12, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks at COP21 RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Le Bourget Paris, France December 11, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Thank you. Well, we had a very constructive meeting. There are – there's a lot of progress, progress made last night, a long night, but are still a couple of very difficult issues that we're working on. And over the course of today, we'll have some meetings with various groups to work those through. I'm hopeful. I think there is a way to go forward, that there's a reasonableness. And over the course of the next hours this should take shape, and it's possible that [...]
Fri, Dec 11, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Assistant Secretary Thomas Countryman Travels to Belgium and the United Kingdom Media NoteOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 10, 2015 From December 10-11, Assistant Secretary Thomas Countryman will be in Brussels to deliver remarks on nonproliferation to the NATO Committee on Proliferation, and consult with EU counterparts on a full range of nonproliferation and disarmament issues at the U.S.-EU High-Level Dialogue on Nonproliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control, and CBRN Risk Mitigation. On December 14, Assistant Secretary Countryman will be in London to deliver remarks to Parliamentarians and other invited guests of the Henry Jackson Society on the Prague Agenda. From December 14-16, he will [...]
Thu, Dec 10, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks at COP21 RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Le Bourget Paris, France December 10, 2015 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, (inaudible) the update on the COP, the climate change talks? SECRETARY KERRY: Well, we're working away. Today's obviously getting down to the critical stage, and we had a very constructive meeting. We feel very good about the conversation we've just had. We need to work on language, and that what most of today and tonight will be. QUESTION: Secretary, any update on the Syria situation, on your talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov? SECRETARY KERRY: Yes. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I talked yesterday at length. I talked to Foreign Minister al-Jubeir, [...]
Thu, Dec 10, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks at COP21 RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Le Bourget Paris, France December 10, 2015 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, (inaudible) the update on the COP, the climate change talks? SECRETARY KERRY: Well, we're working away. Today's obviously getting down to the critical stage, and we had a very constructive meeting. We feel very good about the conversation we've just had. We need to work on language, and that what most of today and tonight will be. QUESTION: Secretary, any update on the Syria situation, on your talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov? SECRETARY KERRY: Yes. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I talked yesterday at length. I talked to Foreign Minister al-Jubeir, [...]
Thu, Dec 10, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks on COP21 and Action Beyond Paris RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Le Bourget Paris, France December 9, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you, Todd, extraordinarily for those more than generous words. I really, really appreciate them. I might have loved it if you found a less menacing notion than a ballistic missile. (Laughter.) But I appreciate it. At least it gets the job done. Ambassador Hartley, really nice to have you here, and Gina McCarthy, who is the head of our Environmental Protection Agency, thank you very, very much for being here. Thank you. (Applause.) Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you so much for joining us here [...]
Wed, Dec 09, 2015, Continue reading at the source
New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Event RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Paris, France December 9, 2015 MR FRIEDMAN: It's a treat for us to have you here this morning. We really appreciate your taking time. SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. MR FRIEDMAN: And I want to dive right in. Are we going to get a deal here in Paris, and why will it be important? SECRETARY KERRY: Well, look, I hope we do. We'll see a new text around noon today, and then we'll be able to begin to measure where the potential derailers really are, or aren't, after a lot of work. Obviously, my hope is [...]
Wed, Dec 09, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks Before Meeting With Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Paris, France December 9, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I want to say thank you to my friend Ramtane for his leadership and for Algeria's leadership with respect to the mediation in Mali, where they successfully managed to get an agreement and are working still to reduce the tensions. And also we've been particularly engaged on the subject of Libya, and today we'll talk at length about that because we have a meeting in Rome coming up in an effort to try to see if there isn't a way [...]
Wed, Dec 09, 2015, Continue reading at the source
"Joint Elements" from U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue Media NoteOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 8, 2015 On the occasion of the second meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Washington, DC on December 7, 2015, the participants jointly affirmed specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows: International Security in Cyberspace The participants welcomed the landmark consensus of the 2014-2015 Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security, including the affirmation of the applicability of existing international law to cyberspace and the articulation of norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace. They supported [...]
Tue, Dec 08, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks at the Caring for Climate Business Forum RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Le Bourget Paris, France December 8, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much. Good afternoon everybody and thank you all for being here and participating. And the fact that you are here already makes a statement about the choices that you're making. I want to begin by thanking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his terrific and important leadership on climate change, and I think all of us are extremely grateful to him, to the United Nations, for their leadership with respect to this. On any number of fronts he has taken the [...]
Tue, Dec 08, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon After Their Meeting RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Le Bourget Paris, France December 8, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much, all. Let me just say, first of all, the secretary-general and I talked about where we are in the negotiations and the steps that we need to take in the next three days to be successful. He has been working diligently with a lot of the delegations, and we appreciate his leadership enormously, and he made some suggestions for some things that we are already focused on and trying to resolve. Let me say also we talked about Syria [...]
Tue, Dec 08, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks at the UN Foundation's Breakfast on Oceans RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Westin Paris, France December 8, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Well, Tim, thank you. Thank you very much. Bonjour, all of you. Welcome to yet another spectacularly organized and important event from the UN Foundation. And Ted, thank you for this masterful idea that has produced so much in such a short period of time, although Tim may not think 15 year at the helm is a short period of time. But I thank you, Tim, for your tremendous leadership through the years and I'm very, very honored to be able to be [...]
Tue, Dec 08, 2015, Continue reading at the source
25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Albania Press StatementJohn KerrySecretary of State Washington, DC December 7, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my sincere congratulations to all Albanians as you celebrate National Youth Day, which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the student movement that led to the fall of communism on December 8, 1990. This historic transition was championed by the brave leaders of the student movement, bolstered by the regular citizens who marched and demonstrated against the dictatorship, and aided by the courageous former party members who assisted in establishing popular rule. On this [...]
Mon, Dec 07, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Remarks at UN's Earth to Paris Event with Mashable's Andrew Freedman RemarksJohn KerrySecretary of State Petit Palais Paris, France December 7, 2015 MR FREEDMAN: I'll give you the big chair rather than the awkward sort of lounge couch – exactly. Welcome. Thank you for making time to do this on what is a very busy schedule in Paris. So I'll get right to it, the first question: How does the United States define success in a COP21 agreement? SECRETARY KERRY: Well, success is getting an ambitious agreement that is durable, that has transparency and accountability on the methodologies people are employing to meet their INDCs. [...]
Mon, Dec 07, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Joint Press Availability With Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias Press AvailabilityJohn KerrySecretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Athens, Greece December 4, 2015 FOREIGN MINISTER KOTZIAS: (Via interpreter) Good morning. I would like to welcome dear U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, with whom we've been working very closely, and I know that there are traditional friendship ties that join the two countries. I would like to welcome him and hope to see him again in the future, because he is a man who loves sailing, who really loves the sea, and the Greek islands will expect him in the future. Mr. Kerry is a [...]
Fri, Dec 04, 2015, Continue reading at the source
On the Occasion of Finland's National Day Press StatementJohn KerrySecretary of State Washington, DC December 3, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I congratulate the people of Finland on the 98th anniversary of your independence on December 6. The United States deeply values its friendship with Finland, including our cooperation in supporting international law and UN peacekeeping missions, upholding the territorial integrity of Ukraine, combating terrorism through the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, promoting mutual prosperity through a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and developing an agenda to ensure wise stewardship of Arctic resources. This year is [...]
Thu, Dec 03, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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