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 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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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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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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