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

Plaza Hotel New York, New York   […] As President, I’ve worked to transform our relationship with Africa so that we’re working together, as equal partners.  I’m proud to be the first American President to visit sub-Saharan Africa four times; the first to visit Ethiopia and speak before the African Union; the first to visit ...
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President Obama Signs Executive Order Ending Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by John kirby, SPOKESPERSON September 14, 2016 President Obama Signs Executive Order Ending Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions   Today President Obama terminated the national emergency declared with respect to Côte d’Ivoire in Executive Order 13396 of February 7, 2006, and lifted the economic sanctions ...
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Empowering Africa’s Youth

During my visit to Nairobi this week with Secretary Kerry, we met with an outstanding group of young Africans who are part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Every time I travel to Africa, I meet with YALI Fellows. They inspire me, and they are the reason I am so hopeful for Africa’s future. (For more details)  
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Remarks at the Opening of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

John Kerry Secretary of State Stanford University Memorial Auditorium Stanford, California June 23, 2016   SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you so much.  You’re the best.  I love you.  You are terrific. Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Cheers.)  Patricia, thank you.  Thank you so much.  Good morning, everybody.  Are you all energized?  (Cheers.)  I saw that ...
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Excerpts of Remarks by Secretary Kerry at the Global Connect Initiative, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016 The internet is essential to economy prosperity in the 21st century. As President Obama said last year, the internet is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. So when we talk about infrastructure today, we have to include the internet, right alongside roads and ports and bridges and dams and airports and power ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: International Women’s Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2016 On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women—past, present, and future—and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population. We remember the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history, and ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on World AIDS Day 2015

On World AIDS Day, we recognize the millions of people impacted by HIV/AIDS – the lives lost and the families forever torn apart by this disease. We also acknowledge the heroic and life-saving work of partners from governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations across the world. I have been involved in the ...
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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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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Attacks in Paris

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY November 13, 2015 I share President Obama’s outrage and sadness over the terrorist attacks tonight in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this assault on innocent people, going about their lives.  And I am deeply ...
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Africa: ‘Decisive Moment for Democracy’ – John Kerry

Washington, DC — Last May, I shared in an extraordinary moment. I had the privilege, together with many leaders from across Africa, of bearing witness to the first peaceful, democratic transition of power between two parties in Nigeria. I traveled to Lagos earlier this year to emphasize that for the United States, Nigeria is an ...
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Viewing Party for President Obama’s Town Hall Speech with MWF Alumni

Four of Côte d’Ivoire’s 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni led an event in the Embassy for a diverse audience of youth leaders, students, and exchange program alumni surrounding the livestream of the President’s speech from Washington. Côte d’Ivoire has twelve Mandela Washington Fellows participating for 2015, three of whom will be continuing on to internships ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the People of Africa

Mandela Hall African Union Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia On dignity/human rights: […] Dignity — that basic idea that by virtue of our common humanity, no matter where we come from, or what we look like, we are all born equal, touched by the grace of God.  Every person has worth.  Every person matters.  Every person ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Abuja, Geneva, Madrid, and Paris

Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 27, 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, on May 29 to lead the official U.S. delegation on behalf of President Obama for the inauguration of Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. The Secretary will travel later that day to Geneva, Switzerland, to meet with ...
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Secretary Kerry Op-Ed – International Women’s Day

Every day, we read about women and girls around the world who are victims of heinous violence. From Iraqi women abducted and enslaved by ISIL to Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped and forced into marriage, these tragedies seem to belong to medieval times. Too often, women bear the burden of war.  All of us have an obligation ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Remembering the Legacy of President Nelson Mandela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Today, we mark one year since the passing of Nelson Mandela, a remarkable journey of life completed, but a legacy that still motivates all of us. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who touched as many lives on a global basis as Nelson ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: International Education Week

The Departments of State and Education celebrate the 15th annual International Education Week November 17-21, 2014.  During this week, literally thousands of events will be held around the world to highlight the benefits of global learning and student exchanges. To understand why this is important, we have only to consider the consequences when people lack ...
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President Obama Remarks on the Ebola Outbreak

President Obama: Hello.  I want to take a few moments to speak directly to you—the people of West Africa, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.  On behalf of the American people, I want you to know that our prayers are with those of you who have lost loved ones during this terrible outbreak ...
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John Kerry: The Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition

IN a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Cote d’Ivoire’s National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Cote d’Ivoire as you celebrate your national independence on August 7. Our two nations have been partners since independence peacefully arrived in Cote d’Ivoire over half a ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Video Remarks for Upcoming AF Trip

Hello. I am delighted to be returning to Africa this week. And I am looking forward to celebrating all of the progress that is being made all across Africa—the world’s most diverse continent. As some of you know, Africa is close to my heart. My wife, Teresa, was born in Mozambique and educated in South ...
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Women Play a Central Role in Peace By John Kerry

International Women’s Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a day not just to renew our determination to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place – but to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the possibilities for peace, prosperity, and stability ...
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