United Kingdom Policy statements 2015-2016

U.S. Policy News on the United Kingdom, 2015-201625


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06 September 2016 U.S.-UK Alliance & The Future Of The Principled International Order   U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter arrived in the UK on Tuesday, 6th September for biltaral talks with his UK counterpart, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and to attend the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial.  Secretary Carter had time to visit Oxford University where he gave remarks at the Blavatnik School of Government.
In his remarks Secretary Carter noted: “You see, for decades, the United States and the United Kingdom – and millions of American and British service members – have helped provide the security and uphold the values that have allowed millions upon millions of people around the world to be safe, to raise their children, dream their dreams, and to live lives that are full.

04 August 2016 Secretary Kerry on London Attack  Secretary Kerry’s remarks on the stabbings in London at a press conference with Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in Buenos Aires.

19 July 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Joint Press Availability With U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson  “The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom remains strong and vital, and we continue to advance mutual interests and tackle shared challenges. Secretary Kerry and I will shortly be joined by European colleagues for a meeting on Syria. Syria continues to be ravaged by the twin evils of a long civil war and the inhumanity of Daesh terrorism.”

14 July 2016  Readout of the President’s Call With Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom   The President spoke by phone today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May to congratulate her on her new office. President Obama emphasized that the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom remains strong and will endure and that he looks forward to building a close working relationship with Prime Minister May. The President also offered his full support for the Prime Minister’s efforts to lead the United Kingdom through a smooth, orderly, and transparent negotiation over its exit from the European Un

14 July 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Call with United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Johnson   Secretary Kerry spoke by telephone today with newly appointed U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to offer his congratulations.  The Secretary and Foreign Secretary Johnson agreed that the U.S.-U.K. special relationship is as essential as ever, and they pledged to work closely together as NATO allies to address the full range of challenges we face and to meet our responsibilities around the world.  The Secretary stressed U.S. support for a sensible and measured approach to the Brexit process and offered to stay engaged as the U.K. government develops its plans.

24 June 2016 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom   “President Obama spoke by phone today with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom to discuss the outcome of yesterday’s referendum on membership in the European Union, in which a majority of British voters expressed their desire to leave the EU. The President assured Prime Minister Cameron that, in spite of the outcome, the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, along with the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO, remain vital cornerstones of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy. ”

24 June 2016 State Department On the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum  “I want to emphasize that although the U.K. will be leaving the European Union, the British are in no way departing from the principles and values that undergird the Transatlantic Partnership or from the important role the U.K. plays in promoting peace and stability in the world. The special relationship that has long existed between the United States and the U.K. endures. Our two countries remain strong and vigilant NATO Allies, permanent members of the UN Security Council, commercial partners, and close friends.”

24 June 2016 Statement by President Obama 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.”

10 May 2016 Prince Harry, Former President Bush Stress Importance of Healing Invisible Wounds   Great Britain’s Prince Harry, former President George W. Bush, and service members from each of their nations led a discussion at the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented [by] the George W. Bush Institute.  Former First Lady Laura Bush said she and the Bush Institute leadership were grateful the symposium was addressing an issue that affects so many veterans, as well as their family members, many of whom become their caregivers.
Prince Harry said the Invictus Games in 2014 in London smashed the stigma around physical injuries, and that he hopes this year’s Invictus Games can do the same for invisible injuries.

09 May 2016 Invictus Games Competition Kicks Off in Orlando Under sunny, clear-blue skies, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured athletes from 14 nations gathered for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Invictus Games.   The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style, multisport event created by Great Britain’s Prince Harry in 2014 after he saw the Warrior Games in the United States.   He wanted to demonstrate the power of sports to inspire recovery, support service members’ rehabilitation and to demonstrate that there is life beyond their disability.
This year, 113 athletes across the services are representing the United States at the Invictus Games.  Athletes will compete in 10 sports: archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. The athletes will be cheered on by thousands of spectators and family members.

219 April 2106 DoD Deputy Secretary, British Defense Official Tour Bases in Southeastern U.S.   Deputy Defense Secretary of Defense Bob Work and British Defense Procurement Minister Philip Dunne yesterday wrapped up two days of visits to military installations in the southeastern United States.  The two leaders discussed global security issues and opportunities for further bilateral defense cooperation.

13 April 2016  2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices     Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.

20 February 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond   The two ministers discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and the progress being made in Geneva by UN task forces — one to develop the modalities of a cessation of hostilities and the other to ensure the sustained and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance to besieged areas.

04 February 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond After Their Meeting   “Let me begin, first of all, by thanking Foreign Secretary Hammond for his leadership and the leadership of the UN and Germany and other countries who have brought us all here for a very important conference this morning to commit to dealing with the humanitarian situation in Syria. …The UN Resolution 2254 on which these talks are based, paragraph 12, I quote, “calls on the parties to immediately allow humanitarian agencies rapid, safe, and unfettered access throughout Syria by the most direct routes; allow immediate humanitarian assistance to reach all people in need, particularly the besieged and hard-to-reach areas.”   …  That is an obligation that is not tied to talks. It is an obligation accepted by all parties in the United Nations resolution.”

21 January 2015 United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program   The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). Under the Act, travelers in [certain] categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.  These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process at their embassies or consulates.



04 November 2015 New partnership dedicates $10 million to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people affected by HIV/AIDS   The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are today launching a $10 million partnership that will provide grants to organisations working to meet the HIV-related needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, with an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

09 October 2015 Carter, U.K. Counterpart Discuss the Way Ahead in 21st Century

15 June 2015 Attorney General Lynch Delivers Remarks at Magna Carta Commemoration Ceremony    “On the day that this monument was dedicated in 1957, one of the former presidents of the American Bar Association called his journey to Runnymede a “devout pilgrimage to the ancestral home, to the well springs of our profession, to the fountainhead of our faith.”

19 March 2015 U.S. Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt and Destroyer Winston S. Churchill To Visit Portsmouth   The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill are scheduled to pull in to Portsmouth, U.K., for the first port visit of their deployment.   The port visit serves to enhance U.S. – U.K. relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.