Secretary’s Remarks: On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC August 15, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a ...
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Remarks With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko At a Joint Press Availability

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Kyiv, Ukraine July 9, 2017 PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: (Via interpreter) Dear Mr. Secretary of State, dear members of the delegations, ladies and gentlemen, first of all, I would like to welcome Mr. Rex Tillerson today here in Ukraine. Your arrival, dear Mr. Secretary of State, is a follow-up of those ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Hamburg, Kyiv, and Istanbul

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg, Germany, July 5–9. Secretary Tillerson will then make his first official visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on July 9, where he will meet President Poroshenko and with young reformers ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Official – Transitory For Immediate Release READOUT May 10, 2017 Secretary Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the importance ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT April 23, 2017 The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner,: Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Moscow, Russia April 12, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening. This has been a long day. We have had talks with State Secretary of the U.S. Rex Tillerson. Right now, we have had a long conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. It has lasted ...
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Secretary Tillerson Statement on Syria

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Lucca, Italy April 11, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. I’ve got a statement. I want to share it first, and then I’m happy to take a couple of questions. Last week, Bashar al-Assad’s regime killed even more of its own people using chemical weapons. Our missile strike ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Palm Beach, Florida SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good evening, all.  I particularly want to try to just give you a little bit of background on how we got to the statements by the President and the actions that were taken tonight. As you’re ...
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On the Attack in London

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were ...
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Remarks Following Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State World Conference Center Bonn, Germany February 16, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: So I want to make a very brief statement. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a productive meeting and we discussed a range of issues of mutual concern. As I made clear in my Senate confirmation hearing, the United ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Welcome Remarks at the State Department

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 ECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. And it’s ...
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The Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 19, 2016 The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting. We stand ready to offer assistance ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC November 25, 2016 On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United States reaffirms our belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, that women and girls have the right to live free from violence, and that countries are stronger when homes, neighborhoods, ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Pe

October 24, 2016 John Kerry Secretary of State The White House Washington, DC Well, thank you, Valerie. Thank you very, very much, and my apologies to all for being a moment late. But let me second what Valerie said with respect to the efforts of everybody. This is our last meeting, as she mentioned, and ...
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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry On the Transatlantic Relationship

October 4, 2016 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Concert Noble Brussels, Belgium SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, je suis John Kerry.  (Laughter.)  Welcome. Karen, merci, danke schon, dank u wel, and thank you – I’m really delighted to be here in the heart of Europe.  I’m delighted to be in this ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY: September 11

September 11, 2016 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY We mark today fifteen years since the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Four years have passed since the death in Libya of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, ...
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Statement by the President on the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 24, 2016 Twenty-five years ago today, Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union.  On behalf of the American people, I’m proud to join the Ukrainian people in marking this historic anniversary.  As we have been reminded in recent years, Ukraine’s path has ...
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Statement by Secretary John Kerry on the Occasion of Ukraine’s National Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 23, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my warmest congratulations to the people of Ukraine as you observe the 25th anniversary of your independence on August 24. During my most recent visit to Kyiv, I was deeply impressed by ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Duda of Poland after Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT DUDA:  (As interpreted.)  Excellency, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much that in my capacity as President of the Republic of Poland, I can welcome the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, to Warsaw, to NATO Summit.  It is my great pleasure because I hope that this summit will have ...
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Remarks by President Obama, President Tusk of the European Council and President Juncker of the European Commission after U.S.-EU Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good morning, everybody.  Let me begin by thanking Presidents Tusk and Juncker for the opportunity to meet today.  With your understanding, I want to begin with a few words about the situation back in the United States, specifically the situation in Dallas, Texas. My team has been keeping me updated throughout the morning ...
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America’s Alliance with Britain and Europe Will Endure

By President Barack Obama This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from Orlando to Paris to Brussels to Istanbul. Conflicts from Africa to Syria to Afghanistan have sent waves of migrants ...
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United States Announces Nearly $23 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Crisis

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Kyiv that the United States is providing nearly $23 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help thousands of vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. This announcement brings the total of U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis to more than ...
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Secretary Kerry Travel to Tbilisi, Kyiv and Warsaw

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia on July 6, 2016, to meet with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili for bilateral discussions on a range of issues, including U.S. support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and successful elections in October. The Secretary will then co-chair a plenary meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic ...
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2016 Trafficking In Persons Report Released, Ukraine Rated Tier Two

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department in Washington DC  June 30.  As directed by the U.S. Congress, the State Department prepares this report for all countries in the world.  The goal of these reports is to stimulate action and create partnerships around the world ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: On the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum

Earlier today, I spoke to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond regarding yesterday’s referendum in the United Kingdom. The citizens of the U.K. have made their decision and we will of course respect it. I want to emphasize that although the U.K. will be leaving the European Union, the British are in no way departing from ...
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Statement by the President on the UK Referendum

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.  So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has ...
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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Return of Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine

I welcome today’s news that Nadiya Savchenko has returned to Ukraine and the Government of Ukraine’s humanitarian decision to release two Russian service members captured on Ukrainian soil and convicted of terrorism-related charges. Nearly two years ago, Nadiya Savchenko was captured in combat in eastern Ukraine and forcibly taken against her will into Russia. Her ...
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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry at a Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I’m personally very pleased to be back in Brussels, which I have come to understand, as many people in the world have, is a city of remarkable strength and resilience.  And I’m very, very grateful to Secretary-General Stoltenberg and my NATO colleagues for the productive discussions that we’ve been able ...
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President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Marie L. Yovanovitch as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

On May 18, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Marie L. Yovanovitch to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Pending confirmation by the United States Senate, Ambassador Yovanovitch looks forward to building on the work of her predecessors in Kyiv to further strengthen the already close ties between the United States and Ukraine. ...
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Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

On International Day Against Homophoia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons worldwide. We celebrate the progress made to advance a world where all persons are respected and can live free from fear and discrimination. And today we reaffirm our belief all persons are born free ...
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Statement by the President on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has ...
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Statement by President Obama on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection. For Orthodox Christians, this is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection and to be ...
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Readout of the President’s Meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met today for talks at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany.  The conversation covered the most urgent issues on the trans-Atlantic agenda.  The leaders agreed that the implications of irregular migration to Europe posed a ...
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Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Guten tag!  It is wonderful to see all of you, and I want to begin by thanking Chancellor Merkel for being here.  (Applause.)  On behalf of the American people, I want to thank Angela for being a champion of our alliance.  And on behalf of all ...
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Remarks By President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in Joint Press Conference

CHANCELLER MERKEL:    (As interpreted.)  Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to bid a very warm welcome to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, here to Germany on this fifth visit, this time to Hannover.  And let me tell you that I am delighted to have an opportunity not only to continue ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Phone Call With Foreign Minister Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today via phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to reiterate our serious concerns over the ongoing threats to the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and the urgent need for the Assad regime to stop its violations of the cessation. Secretary ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for being here.  I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here.  I’m not trying to avoid you, but Tom will take some questions and I think ...
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Remarks by the President and Secretary General Stoltenberg of NATO after Bilateral Meeting

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a great pleasure to welcome back once again my good friend, the Secretary General of NATO, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  We are marking the 67th anniversary of the NATO alliance, and NATO continues to be the lynchpin, the cornerstone of our collective defense and U.S. security policy. We had an excellent meeting that ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry before Russian Young Professionals Roundtable

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, look, this is a great pleasure.  I’m really very happy to meet with all of you, because you are the future, and because you’re all engaged in exciting endeavors to try to do new things, break through, be entrepreneurs.  And that’s – I mean, everywhere I go in the world as Secretary ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Travel to Brussels

Secretary Kerry will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on Friday to formally express the condolences of the United States for the loss of life in yesterday’s terrorist attacks, and to meet with Belgian and European Union officials.  He will reiterate the strong support of the United States for Belgian efforts to both investigate these attacks and ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium

President Obama spoke today by phone with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to offer his condolences on behalf of the American people following today’s horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels.  The President reaffirmed the steadfast support of the United States for Belgium, and offered any assistance necessary in investigating these attacks and bringing those responsible to ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels, Belgium

Today’s abhorrent attacks in Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe.  Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved ones of those who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are working tirelessly to keep Brussels safe. The ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.  They discussed President Putin’s announcement today of a partial withdrawal of Russian forces ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry

Joint Press Availability with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, and Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni  FOREIGN MINISTER AYRAULT: (Via interpreter)  (In progress) This is a conflict that next Tuesday will be completing its fifth year of existence.  Now the intra-Syrian negotiations ...
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Statement by the President on International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which every woman and girl enjoys the full range of rights and freedoms that is her birthright. Women and girls make extraordinary contributions every day across all fields of human endeavor, including in business, education, sports, art, science, agriculture, parenting, and governance.  ...
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Continued Detention of Nadiya Savchenko

I am deeply concerned about the health and welfare of Ukrainian pilot and Rada Deputy Nadiya Savchenko, who since Friday has refused food and water to protest her continued detention by the Russian Federation. In the 20 months since she was captured in eastern Ukraine and taken to Russia, Ms. Savchenko has reportedly endured interrogations, ...
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Message to the Congress signed by President Obama on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond ...
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Notice Signed by President Obama on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

On March 6, 2014, by Executive Order 13660, I declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of persons that undermine democratic processes ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2016

Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people. In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they have never given up on the promise of America: that with hard work and determination, nothing is ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Kremlin’s request to discuss efforts to establish a nation-wide cessation of hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.  President Obama welcomed that an understanding was reached between the United ...
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Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke by phone yesterday with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss the decisions and agreements made at the February 11 meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and to stress the importance of rapidly implementing humanitarian access to besieged areas of Syria and initiating a nationwide cessation of hostilities. In particular, ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the 2016 Munich Security Conference

SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you, Wolfgang.  Thank you very much.  Well, Wolfgang, thank you for reminding me that everything I’m doing now is a last.  (Laughter.)  It’s a little – depending on what I decide to do, so maybe not.  (Laughter.)  I am really happy to be back in Munich and I’m very happy to share ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Secretary Kerry met today on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Secretary reaffirmed the strong support of the United States for full implementation of the Minsk agreement. He urged unity among Ukraine’s leaders, and faster progress on reform and against corruption, especially those urgent steps recommended by the ...
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Statement by the President on the FY2017 European Reassurance Initiative Budget Request

Since the start of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine almost two years ago, the United States has taken decisive and sustained steps to assure our allies and bolster NATO’s collective defense capabilities in light of a changing European security environment.  Under the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI), we have increased the U.S. military presence in Europe; conducted ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today in Zurich with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and other issues of mutual concern. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed plans for the UN-led negotiations between the Syrian parties on January 25 and the importance of maintaining progress toward a diplomatic solution ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized the importance of working towards a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine through full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all parties. The President underscored that the key next step is for the sides to reach agreement on the ...
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Statement by the President on the Celebration of Orthodox Christmas

Michelle and I wish a blessed Christmas to Orthodox Christians in the United States and around the world.  During this holy season, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and pray for peace on Earth.  This day gives us a special opportunity to commemorate the contributions of American Orthodox leaders to our progress.  It also ...
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Press Releases: Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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 ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks With Russian President Vladimir Putin

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 ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

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 ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today in Belgrade with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The two ministers met on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial meeting. They discussed ongoing events in eastern Ukraine, to include continued Russian support of separatist elements there. And both stressed the importance of full ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Press Availability at NATO

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody.  It’s a pleasure to be back in Brussels and I’m delighted to be here with Secretary-General Stoltenberg and all of my colleagues from across NATO, where, once again, we have come together to affirm our common defense commitment, to affirm our commitment to the solidarity of the alliance, and ...
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Memorandum for the Secretary of State: Delegation of Authority Under Sections 506(a)(1) and 552(c)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State: (1) The authority under section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA) to direct the drawdown ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly

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 to achieve. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry on the Occasion of Ukraine’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my warmest congratulations to the Ukrainian people as you mark the anniversary of your independence on August 24. The United States has been a steadfast partner and friend of Ukraine since your Parliament approved the Act of Independence on this date in 1991. For ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The Secretary spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov by phone earlier this morning.  The Secretary expressed grave concern about the sharp increase in separatist attacks in Eastern Ukraine, and urged an immediate ceasefire and full implementation of Minsk obligations.   On Syria, the Secretary and Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed to continue exploring options for a political ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary Kerry met today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the ASEAN Ministerial in Kuala Lumpur. They discussed the situation in Ukraine and the steps that need to be taken see the Minsk Agreement fully implemented. They also covered the situation in Syria, ‎to include the importance of finding a political ...
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Statement by the President on Iran

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 bring about real and meaningful change — ...
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Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

President Obama dropped by a meeting today between Vice President Biden and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine.  President Obama and Vice President Biden both expressed unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and underscored the U.S. commitment to maintaining sanctions on Russia until it fully implements its obligations under the Minsk agreements.  The ...
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Statement by the President on the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

On July 11, we join people of all faiths and nationalities in commemorating the Srebrenica genocide.  We mourn the loss of its more than 8,000 victims, and we honor the memory of those only now being laid to rest, and all those still missing. Twenty years ago, Srebrenica was overrun.  In the genocide that followed, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

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 the need to confront evil in all its forms, and to ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation called President Obama today.  They discussed the necessity of countering ISIL and developments in the Middle East, as well as the situation in Ukraine.  President Obama reiterated the need for Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements, including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry At a Press Availability Via Teleconference

MR KIRBY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for coming today. QUESTION:  Welcome. MR KIRBY:  Thank you. QUESTION:  Even if it is a short appearance. MR KIRBY:  I appreciate that.  Listen, so it’s my first day at the podium and I kind of figured that I might need some help, so I have asked Secretary Kerry to ...
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Remarks by President Obama in Press Conference after G7 Summit

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon.  Let me begin by once again thanking Chancellor Merkel and the people of Bavaria and Germany for their extraordinary hospitality here at the G7.  My stay here has been extraordinary.  I wish I could stay longer.  And one of the pleasures of being President is scouting out places that you want ...
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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is wonderful to be back with my good friend and partner, David Cameron.  I want to congratulate him, as I did over the phone, on his resounding election victory.  And I look forward to working with him on a whole host of issues in the coming year. This is going to ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine

President Obama spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the upcoming discussions about Ukraine at the G-7 Summit.  The President and President Poroshenko expressed their deep concern about the recent assault by combined Russian-separatist forces across the current line of contact near Donetsk, Ukraine, and once more called ...
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Presidential Proclamation– LGBT Pride Month, 2015

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy’s reach.  Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal ...
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Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a call to action, a plea to stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities (LGBTI) across the world and reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination against LGBTI persons must end — ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Press Availability with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

MODERATOR:  (In progress) (Via interpreter) ready to start the press conference.  Heads of the foreign policy agencies of the U.S. and Russia. FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV:  Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, thanks a lot for your patience and waiting till the end of all today’s negotiations.  Our negotiations took place in (inaudible) the presidential part has just ...
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Statement by the President on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces declared victory in Europe over tyranny during World War II.  After more than five years of brutal fighting that took the lives of some 40 million people across the continent—including six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime—the forces of freedom triumphed over oppression ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Minsk from an April 24 Press Availability

Well, with respect to – with respect to Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ukraine, we did discuss Ukraine.  We spent some amount of time on it.  There are conversations taking place now about how to proceed to implement Minsk more fully.  There are differences of opinion which rose at the last Normandy meeting that took place ...
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Statement by the President on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, with heavy hearts, we remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims of Nazi brutality who were murdered during the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah is a day to reaffirm our responsibilities to ourselves and future generations. It is incumbent upon us to make real those timeless words, “Never forget. Never again.” Yet, ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

The President spoke today with Chancellor Merkel of Germany regarding developments in Ukraine.  The two leaders agreed on the need for full and prompt implementation of the three Minsk agreements in order to reach a lasting and peaceful resolution to the conflict.  They reiterated their agreement that there will be no easing of sanctions imposed ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry And Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good morning, everybody.  It’s my pleasure to welcome my friend, Linas Linkevicius, the foreign minister of Lithuania, and I’m very, very happy to have him here in Washington.  We have worked very closely together in any number of meetings and fora around the world.  Lithuania may be small, but let me tell you, ...
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Remarks by President Obama and European Council President Donald Tusk before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome Donald Tusk to the White House in his new role.  I had outstanding experiences working with him during the time that he was Prime Minister of Poland, one of our closest allies, and was consistently impressed with his outstanding work and his strong support for ...
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Readout of President Obama’s Video Conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela

President Obama today spoke about Ukraine with his counterparts from France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom as well as European Council President Tusk.  They reaffirmed their support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine as expressed in the Implementation Plan agreed to on February 12 and the Minsk agreements signed in ...
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Notice: Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

On March 6, 2014, by Executive Order 13660, I declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of persons that undermine democratic processes ...
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Statement by the State Secretary on the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

I am shocked and saddened to learn of the brutal murder of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow.  Boris Nemtsov committed his life to a more democratic, prosperous, open Russia, and to strong relationships between Russia and its neighbors and partners, including the United States.  He served his country in many ...
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Statement by the President on the 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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One Year Anniversary of the Maidan Protests in Ukraine

For three months ending last year, Ukrainians braved long nights, bitter cold, and violent crackdowns by a government that refused to hear its own people. Snipers shot at them from rooftops, cutting down more than 100 people – protestors and police alike. We will never forget those who lost their lives and raised their voices for ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Ukraine Ceasefire 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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Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin of Russia

President Obama today called President Vladimir Putin of Russia to address the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s ongoing support for the separatists there. President Obama reiterated America’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. President Obama underscored the rising human toll of the fighting and underscored the importance of President Putin ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine

President Obama spoke today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine and the current talks on a cease-fire and peace deal.  The President expressed his condolences for the continuing loss of life of Ukrainian citizens and his strong support for the current peace negotiations.  Both the President and President Poroshenko ...
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Excerpts on Ukraine from Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel in Joint Press Conference

Two issues in particular that dominated our workday this morning — Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the international fight against ISIL. With regard to Russia and the separatists it supports in Ukraine, it’s clear that they’ve violated just about every commitment they made in the Minsk agreement.  Instead of withdrawing from eastern Ukraine, Russian forces ...
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Press Availability With Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk After Their Meeting

PRIME MINISTER YATSENYUK: Mr. Secretary, it’s a great, great pleasure to see you in Kyiv. I want to be very clear saying the United States of America is one of the strongest allies of Ukraine, and we truly appreciate your support in our fight for our freedom, for our liberty, and for our independence. The globe ...
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Remarks With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko After Their Meeting

PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: Mr. Secretary, we are very pleased to welcome you, as the United States Secretary of State. SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: It’s almost one year passed since your last visit in Kyiv and I still remember the very crucial and positive discussions we had at that time, and the whole world (inaudible) our country faced ...
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CNN Interview with President Obama – Excerpts on Ukraine

FAREED ZAKARIA: Would it be fair to say that with regard to Russia, your policy has been pretty effective in imposing real costs on the Russian economy, but it has not deterred Vladimir Putin from creating instability in Ukraine. Conflict seems to have even escalated in the last few weeks. PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think that’s ...
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Secretary Kerry Travel to Kyiv and Munich

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 5 to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and members of Ukraine’s parliament. The Secretary’s visit will highlight the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine and its people. Secretary Kerry will then travel to Munich, ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics before their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, again.  I’m really pleased to welcome my friend, Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister of Latvia.  And he is here to discuss a number of issues, actually, that I also shared with our friend from Sweden, but some other issues in addition to that. Latvia, at this time, is playing the ...
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Obama’s Call with German Chancellor Merkel on Ukraine

The President spoke today with Chancellor Merkel of Germany regarding developments in Ukraine. The two leaders expressed concern about the significant increase in violence in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s materiel support for the separatists and its failure to fulfill its commitment under the Minsk Agreement, and they agreed on the need to hold Russia accountable ...
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Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

On the tenth International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the American people pay tribute to the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime. We also honor those who survived the Shoah, while recognizing the scars and burdens that many have carried ever since. ...
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Excerpt on Ukraine from a Q and A with President Obama and Prime Minister Modi of India

MODERATOR:  I now call upon Julie Pace of AP to ask her question. Q    Thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister. Mr. President, I wanted to ask you about the situations in both Yemen and in Ukraine.  On Yemen, you’ve held up the U.S. counterterrorism campaign there as a model for what you’re hoping ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Attacks in Ukraine by Russia-Backed Separatists

I join my European counterparts in condemning in the strongest terms today’s horrific assault by Russia-backed separatists on civilian neighborhoods in Mariupol, a peaceful city 25 kilometers outside of the Minsk ceasefire line, using Grad rocket systems and other advanced weaponry. With smoke rising from apartment buildings and playgrounds from over 40 rounds of powerful ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

The President spoke today with Chancellor Merkel of Germany regarding developments in Ukraine.  The two leaders discussed their support for a robust package of international financing for Ukraine as it implements an ambitious series of reforms and noted the recent United States and European Union announcements of new financial assistance for Ukraine.  They also expressed ...
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Statement by the President on the Celebration of Orthodox Christmas

Michelle and I wish all Orthodox Christians in the United States and in the diverse Orthodox communities throughout the world a blessed and joyous Christmas. During this season of peace and fellowship, we have been saddened to see that, around the world, some Orthodox communities face difficult times and an uncertain future.  We underscore the ...
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