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We want to have a conversation with you. Find out here how to connect with us online. Twitter   Embassy London – @USAinUK Our oldest and biggest Twitter account. Is what it says it is – a mini USA in the UK. Sharing an eclectic mixture of news and views from across the Embassy, the United States government and the

U.S. Policy Update for Friday 10 June , 2016

Today’s topics:    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II / LGBT/ Muhammad Ali Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 9 June 2016 On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Secretary John Kerry:  On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer our best wishes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all the people

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Vietnam /  Hiroshima / World Humanitarian Summit / Vietnam 24 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam President Obama: Xin chào!  (Applause.)  Xin chào Vietnam!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 17 March 2016

President Obama / Supreme Court Nomination 16 March 2016  Remarks by the President Announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his Nominee to the Supreme Court  THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Of the many powers and responsibilities that the Constitution vests in the presidency, few are more consequential than appointing a Supreme Court justice — particularly one to

Remarks by the President at Islamic Society of Baltimore

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 03, 2016 THE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon.  And, Sabah, thank you for the wonderful introduction and for your example — your devotion to your faith and your education, and your service to others.  You’re an inspiration.  You’re going to be a fantastic doctor.  And I suspect, Sabah, your

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker opens registration for 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

19 January 2015 U.S. Embassy, London January 19, 2016 001-2016 @USAinUKPress Innovation-Focused Summit to Provide Global Investors and Economic Developers with Latest Information on Investment in the United States   WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Ambassador Matthew Barzun today announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016,

Fact Sheet: One-Year Anniversary of the President’s Policy of Engagement with Cuba

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 17, 2015, marks one year since President Obama announced an historic opening between the United States and Cuba, ending a failed policy of isolation, and announcing steps to empower the Cuban people, normalize relations with the Cuban government, and more effectively support U.S. interests in Cuba. Our new approach involves the

U.S.-aided Syrian Forces Complete Successful Anti-ISIL Military Actions

November 4, 2015 By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity  WASHINGTON, November 4, 2015 — Two successful military actions this week in Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant show that U.S. efforts to train and supply friendly Syrian forces are paying off, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today. Army Col. Steve Warren briefed Pentagon

Statement by Members of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

November 4, 2015 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   The Small Group of the Global Coalition to counter ISIL met today in Brussels at the invitation of the Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, to take stock of recent developments on the ground, continue expanding Coalition efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL,

Magna Carta, 1776 and All That

(As prepared for delivery) Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun British Library London, UK AMBASSADOR BARZUN: Good evening… And thank you for that generous introduction, Roly. What an honor it is for me to give the Douglas W. Bryant Lecture, especially on its 20th anniversary. What Roly didn’t say about Doug Bryant was that he lived in the Massachusetts town right next to

Amb. Barzun’s remarks at the unveiling of Miya Ando’s 9/11 artwork at the Olympic Park, London

17 March 2015 Ambassador Barzun was at the unveiling of New York artist Miya Ando’s 9/11 artwork at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London.  The artwork is made from the wreckage of the Twin Towers. (As prepared for delivery) Ambassador Barzun:  Peter, thank you for having this artwork commissioned, created and finally consecrated here today. It was, I know, hard work

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron

The President spoke today to British Prime Minister Cameron as part of their ongoing consultations on shared security challenges and advancing the special relationship.  On Syria, the Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Geneva II process and addressed the growing humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict.  The Prime Minister and the President noted the ongoing progress on dismantling Syria’s chemical

Statement by Ambassador Matthew Barzun on Glasgow Helicopter Crash

U.S. Embassy, London November 13,  2013 @USAinUKPress 035-13   The U.S. Embassy in London and the U.S. Consulate in Edinburgh were saddened to learn of the weekend helicopter crash in Glasgow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims of this unfortunate accident.

Ambassador Barzun’s Thanksgiving Day Message 2013

Remarks Ambassador Matthew Barzun St Paul’s cathedral London, United Kingdom (As prepared for delivery) Ambassador Barzun:  This is my first Thanksgiving service here, but not my first time at this pulpit. Last month, I stood up here as part of a walk-through. The wonderful team here at St. Paul’s had explained who would sit where, what order we’d process —

On The 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Death

Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun Kennedy Memorial, Runnymede –  November 22, 2013 (As prepared for delivery) This special relationship of ours can feel a bit abstract at times, leaders speaking lofty words far removed from our daily lives. But here – in this place – our two nations’ bond has been set in stone by the pounds and pennies in tribute

Remarks at the Foreign Press Association

Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun  Foreign Press Association (as prepared for delivery) Thank you.  Good evening… I’ve been in London for about three months now, and I’m adjusting. But I’m not afraid to admit that my first experiences with the press corps caught me slightly off guard. Of course, I’d been warned. Right before I came over here, an experienced Londoner

The Special Relationship: In Our Time And In Our Hands

THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: IN OUR TIME AND IN OUR HANDS Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun Four Seasons Hotel, London (as prepared for delivery)   AMBASSADOR BARZUN:  Mr. Chairman.  What a warm, wonderful welcome – thank you. I’m especially grateful to you, Ron, and to youLord Boyce, and to all the Pilgrims – Brooke and I could not feel more welcome. And we

Remarks at the Britishamerican Business Gala Dinner

Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun Lancaster House, London (as prepared for delivery) AMBASSADOR BARZUN: What a wonderful welcome this is – thank you all so much. Thank you especially, Foreign Secretary for those extremely warm words. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you in my first few weeks and it’s clear to me why you have such an impressive reputation on the

The Special Relationship: Alive and Well

This article originally appeared in The Observer print and online newspaper on Sunday, 08 September 2013. (Final version as prepared) The United States and Britain have enjoyed a special relationship stretching back decades – one that has thrived through more than a dozen presidents and prime ministers from different political parties.  Yet within a week of my arrival as the new American ambassador it

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