Secretary Tillerson Meets Foreign Minister Søreide

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide before their meeting: SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, all. I want to welcome the Norwegian Foreign Minister Soreide to the State Department. Look forward to having some very important exchanges on a number of issues important to us in NATO, the Europe ...
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State Department releases 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

 “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security.  But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why ...
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Secretary Tillerson on Norway’s Constitution Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 17, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate Norway on the 203rd anniversary of Constitution Day. Almost five million Americans trace their origins to Norway, and the Norwegian-American community has played a proud role in U.S. history. Those close ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the First Session of COP21

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  President Hollande, Mr. Secretary General, fellow leaders.  We have come to Paris to show our resolve. We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city.  We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to ...
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Remarks With Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende

Remarks by John Kerry -Secretary of State Treaty Room – Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I’m sorry to keep you waiting, but (inaudible) special for me to be able to welcome Foreign Minister Børge Brende from Norway here to Washington, and to underscore that there really is no country that I can think ...
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Remarks at the Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum

Remarks by John Kerry – Secretary of State Loy Henderson Auditorium – Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Drew, thank you very, very much. Good morning everybody. Welcome to the State Department. And Drew, thanks so much for not just great leadership, but for years of friendship. Drew was really the surrogate senator for the state of ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York **Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk. 10:18 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped ...
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The President Announces a Historic Nuclear Deal with Iran

Remarks by President Barack Obama Washington, DC THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can ...
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Kerry on the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

Press Statement by John Kerry – Secretary of State Washington, DC Today we mark 20 years since 8,000 people were murdered in the mountains of Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The discovery of that unconscionable crime against humanity–of broken bodies piled in mass graves–shocked the conscience of the world. This anniversary is a powerful reminder of ...
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Release of the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks by John Kerry – Secretary of State Press Briefing Room – Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Good to see everybody. Well, thank you very much for being here as we release our Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 . And I want to begin particularly by thanking Tom Malinowski and his entire team. It’s a great team effort that literally works ...
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Remarks by the President on the Supreme Court’s ruling of the Affordable Care Act

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Have a seat.  Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate — we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all. Over those five years, as we’ve worked to implement ...
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Statement from Secretary of State John Kerry on the Occasion of Norway’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Norway on your Constitution Day on May 17. Norway is a stronghold of tolerance and progress. After the anti-Semitic attacks in Paris and Copenhagen this past winter, the world mourned. And in Norway more than one thousand young ...
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President Obama announces nomination of new U.S. Ambassador to Norway

On May 13 2015, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Samuel D. Heins from Minnesota to the post as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway. The U.S. Senate will now schedule a hearing of Samuel Heins, before proceeding with confirmation proceedings. His arrival to Norway will depend on the confirmation schedule and other practical matters. ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba

ATLAPA Convention Center – Panama City, Panama PRESIDENT OBAMA: This is obviously a historic meeting. The history between the United States and Cuba is obviously complicated, and over the years a lot of mistrust has developed. But during the course of the last several months, there have been contacts between the U.S. and the Cuban ...
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Obama’s Weekly Address on Iran’s Nuclear Program Deal

In his weekly address, President Obama describes the historic understanding the United States — with its allies and partners — reached with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and will make the world safer. The deal, announced on April 2, meets the core objectives of cutting off every ...
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Obama at SelectUSA Investment Summit

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Please have a seat. Well, thank you, everybody. And let me begin by thanking Penny Pritzker for her outstanding leadership. We’ve got six Cabinet Secretaries and dozens of U.S. ambassadors here, which should tell you that SelectUSA is a major priority for this administration. Since I ...
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Obama on 45th Anniversary of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Statement by the President on the 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Forty-five years ago today the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force. At the time that the treaty was signed, it was widely predicted that dozens of countries would develop nuclear weapons, a prospect that threatened to disrupt global stability and security. Instead, ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks in Switzerland on Iran Nuclear Talks

SECRETARY KERRY: So good afternoon to all, and thank you very, very much for your patience. We’ve been involved in some long discussions over the past few days, and even well before that. And before I leave Montreux, I wanted to quickly share with you where we are. From the beginning, these negotiations have been ...
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President Obama on Murder of Boris Nemtsov

The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice. Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Kerry and Norway’s Foreign Minister Brende

SECRETARY KERRY: Are we still morning? We are for a few more minutes. (Laughter.) Good morning, everybody. This is a great pleasure for me because Børge Brende and I have become really good friends in the course of our work together. And Norway is such an extraordinary partner. There is nowhere or anything that is ...
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Obama at Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Remarks by the President at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, John. Good morning, everyone. I want to thank John Kerry, not only for his introduction, but for the outstanding leadership of American diplomacy. John is tireless. If he has not visited your country yet, he ...
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Kerry on Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreement

The United States welcomes the news that the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, supported by Chancellor Merkel and Presidents Hollande, Poroshenko, and Putin, reached agreement on a ceasefire and heavy weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine, and on the implementation of the September Minsk agreements. We particularly commend the diplomatic efforts of our European Allies, Chancellor Merkel ...
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Obama on Request to Congress to Authorize Force Against ISIL

Remarks by the President on Request to Congress for Authorizaiton of Force Against ISIL THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Today, as part of an international coalition of some 60 nations — including Arab countries — our men and women in uniform continue the fight against ISIL in Iraq and in Syria. More than 2,000 coalition airstrikes ...
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Joint press conference by Obama, German Chancellor Merkel

Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel of Germany in Joint Press Conference East Room 12:04 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Please be seated. As always, it is a great pleasure to welcome my close friend and partner, Chancellor Angela Merkel, back to the White House. Angela, of course, has been here many ...
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Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century.  Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world.  It ...
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Voice of freedom won’t be muzzled, say Obama, Cameron

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron co-authored this commentary, published January 15 in the British newspaper, The Times . There are no republication restrictions. We won’t let the voice of freedom be muzzled by David Cameron and Barack Obama Safeguarding our way of life depends on economic strength and standing up to terrorism and international ...
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