The Presidential Inauguration, Senate Confirmations

News 12 January 2017  What you didn’t know about Senate confirmations  Several of President-elect Trump’s nominees for top Cabinet posts are in the spotlight as the Senate has started holding confirmation hearings in advance of the January 20 presidential inauguration. Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, for example, appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 11 and took ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 21 July 2016

Today’s topics: Cuba update / Turkey / Solar power / Telehealth / Carter on counter-ISIL fight Cuba 1 Year On 20 July 2016 A year of strengthening Cuba-U.S. ties  Though separated by just 140 kilometers of water, the United States and Cuba have endured strained relations for more than half a century. In 2015, the two countries began to chart a new ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Today’s topics: Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson / Iraq Pledging / Anti-ISIL update / U.S. Elections FAQs Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson   Secretary Kerry traveled to London, 18–19 July where he attended multilateral meetings on Yemen and Syria.  He also met with U.K Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Joint Press Availability With U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, United Kingdom July 19, 2016   FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to the Lacarno Room and a particularly warm welcome to U.S. Secretary John Kerry. We’re delighted to have this early opportunity to welcome the Secretary of State to London and for ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Call with United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Johnson

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 14, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: 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 ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State London, United Kingdom June 27, 2016   FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND: Good afternoon. I’m delighted to welcome Secretary Kerry today. His visit here just three days after the referendum result underlines the strength of the special relationship and indeed Britain’s many friendships around the world, and I very much appreciate ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to visit London, 25 June 2016

U.S. Department of State Travel Announcement for Secretary Kerry Travel to Rome, Brussels, and London, June 25-27, 2016 Secretary Kerry will travel to Rome, Italy, June 25-27. The Secretary plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. They plan to discuss a range of issues including Syria, developments in the region and efforts to advance ...
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State Department On the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC June 24, 2016   SECRETARY KERRY:  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 ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Secretary Kerry arrives in London / Solar plane / South China Sea standoff / Invictus Games Help Heal Invisible Wounds / NATO / Non-Proliferation Secretary Kerry’s London Trip, 10-12 May 2016 11 May 2016  Kerry to Face Questions at Anti-Corruption Summit U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may be gently scolded Thursday when he attends an anti-corruption summit hosted by ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 09 May 2016

Today’s topics:     UK School visits / Stonewall uprising & LGBT rights / New EUCOM commander / U.S. and Europe / Kerry’s Upcoming London trip / Obama on the economy   UK School Visits 09 May 2016  School Talks on the U.S.    Deb MacLean, a Press Officer of the U.S. Embassy in London, visited several UK schools over the ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 18 April2016

Today’s topics:    Obama’s London trip /  Kerry’s call with Russia’s Lavrov / North Korea nuclear tests / Japan Earthquake / AS Thomas-Greenfield London travel   President Obama’s London Trip 14 April 2016 Press Briefing Previewing the President’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Germany   The President will be meeting with some of our key allies and partners in the world in both the Gulf and in Europe.  ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 24 March 2016

Secretary Kerry’s travel to Brussels on March 25, 2016 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 ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Secretary Kerry met in London this morning with British 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 ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Before Their Meeting

 “We’re very grateful to our partners from the United Kingdom for their support and efforts on the Iran nuclear agreement. It was a multilateral agreement. The P5+1 permanent members of the United Nations worked extremely effectively together.  … And so we applaud the decision by the United Kingdom to put its defense spending at the ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all very, very much. Bill, thanks so much for welcoming me to your new home, but thank you for remarkably generous comments. I’m very, really touched to hear them from somebody of Bill’s caliber, because as all of you know, he really was the State Department’s ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Press Availability John Kerry Secretary of State United Nations New York City   FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. We met with Secretary Kerry for the, I think, third time in few days. Today we devoted our meeting to the follow-up of what our presidents agreed when they met here on the 28th ...
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Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Special Briefing State Department Official New York Palace Hotel New York City September 27, 2015 MODERATOR: Okay, folks. I believe you all are well familiar with our briefer. This is a background session, so Senior State Department Official. Our State Department official will have a few words to sort of read out the meeting that ...
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Kerry on Daesh’s Destruction of Historical Heritage in Iraq

06 March 2015 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ISIL’s Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on ...
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Senior Officials on Kerry’s Meetings in Islamabad, Pakistan

MODERATOR: Okay, so I know it’s late. This is a background briefing reading out the Secretary’s meetings this evening. We will not make this a marathon. We’ll just give a quick overview. QUESTION: Let’s make it a very short sprint. MODERATOR: Excellent. We’ll just give a quick overview and take a few questions — QUESTION: ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the London Conference on Afghanistan

Thank you very much, all of you, for being here. And thank you for the privilege of being part of this very important conference. And I want to thank Prime Minister Cameron for hosting and, you, President Ghani for cohosting this effort. We saw each other in Brussels. You’ve been on a whirlwind tour, and ...
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Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal a “Unique Opportunity” for U.S., EU

U.S. State Department February 26, 2013   Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. relationship with Germany is one of its “most vibrant” global alliances, and that a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal with the European Union would help to lift the economies of both participants, as well as raise global trading standards. Speaking with ...
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