Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as well. ...
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Remarks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Loy Henderson Auditorium Washington, DC July 26, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone, and thank you all for being here. It’s an honor for the State Department to host the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. This event truly reflects President Trump’s ironclad commitment to protecting this important liberty. I ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC July 26, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Since the earliest days of his presidency, President Trump has directed his administration to advance and defend the rights of religious freedom at home and abroad, because religious freedom is a universal God-given right to which all ...
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Supporting Iranian Voices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Simi Valley, CA July 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you very much. Well, thank you, Fred, for that kind introduction. It reminded me when I was going through my confirmation process they were chasing down all the people ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Independence Day Remarks

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Remarks for Independence Day “A New Era of Cooperation” Friday, June 29, 2018 19:00   Assalomu aleykum, dobre vecher, good evening, ladies and gentlemen, honored guests from all parts of Uzbekistan’s government and society, members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished colleagues, and friends: I thank you all for joining us on ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan Before Bilateral Meeting

REMARKS FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: May 16, 2018 Oval Office 11:54 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have the President of Uzbekistan with us.  He’s a highly respected man in his country and throughout.  We’ve been working very closely together on different things, including trade.  They’ve actually made investments ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 15, 2018 With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through ...
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Statement From the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 26, 2018   I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country ...
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On Taliban Announcement of Spring Offensive

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 25, 2018 We have seen the Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive. The announcement affirms the Taliban’s responsibility for the insecurity that destroys the lives of thousands of Afghans each year. President Ghani recently extended an historic invitation for the Taliban to join a peace ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 20, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the  2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who ...
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Statement from the President on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2017 President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her ...
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Where does Central Asia fit in U.S. foreign policy priorities?

In an exclusive interview with Voice of America’s Uzbek Service , Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon says that peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan are crucial for the future of South and Central Asia. As the US representative to the recent Tashkent conference on the future of Afghanistan, Shannon argues that governments in the region well understand this. The ...
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Remarks at the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Security Cooperation, and Regional Connectivity

Remarks Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs  Tashkent, Uzbekistan March 27, 2018 Distinguished Colleagues, On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I want to thank President Mirziyoyev and the Government of Uzbekistan and President Ghani and the Government of Afghanistan for bringing us together to reaffirm our support for peace and ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Film Festival Opening Remarks

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Film Festival Opening Remarks American Women’s History Month Thursday, March 1, 2018 6:00 pm, NEXT Cinema, Babur Str (As Prepared) Good evening, assalomu aleykum. Thank you for coming out tonight for this screening of Hidden Figures to kick off the U.S. Embassy’s American Women’s Film Festival.  I also wish to thank ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks for Handheld Radiation Detector Donation Event

Tashkent, Uzbekistan February 23, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. (As Prepared) Good morning! Ассалому Алейкум! Доброе Утро! It is an honor to be here today with the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan to celebrate another milestone in the area of international nuclear security between our two countries. I’d first like to thank Mr. Jasur Alimovich, the ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen at Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute

Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute (TPMI) Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:30 pm (As Prepared) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, assalomu aleykum. Thank you Rector Daminov for inviting us here today.  I am so pleased to be here among distinguished company, including Rector Daminov and the Vice Rectors, and our good ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Welcome Remarks at the Tashkent State University of Law

February 8, 2018 Tashkent State University of Law (As Prepared) Good morning.  Доброе утро.  Assalamu aleikum. Rector Kanyazov, Judge Fogel, honored guests:  I am here for three reasons today:  to thank the rector, to support U.S. assistance in Uzbekistan’s judicial sector and to introduce Judge Jeremy Fogel. First, I would like to thank Rector Kanyazov ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Welcome Remarks at Justice Reform Roundtable

MPR, January 26, 2018, 1500 (As Prepared) Good afternoon!  Добрый день!  Assalamu aleikum.  I want to extend my sincerest thanks to all of you for coming today. Every year on January 15, Americans celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader.  On justice, Dr. King once said, “Every step ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks with Students on the Role of IT in Today’s World

Tashkent University of Information Technology Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 2:30 pm (As Prepared) Good morning! Assolom Aleykum.  I’d like to thank Rector Zakirovich for the opportunity to speak with you today. Earlier during our meeting, I learned more about your university.  I was pleased to hear about your academic programs and the history of your ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy

University of World Economy and Diplomacy Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Wednesday, October 6, 2017 Time 11:00 a.m., Tashkent (As Prepared) Good day ladies and gentlemen, assalomu aleykum. I’m pleased to be here among distinguished company at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy.  Thank you, Dr. Abdumalik Djumanov, for arranging this talk. As ...
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U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen’s Interview to Jahon IA

Ms. Ambassador, our conversation is taking place on the eve of celebration of the anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence. Tell us, please, with what feelings and emotional experiences do you associate this day? I would note that Uzbekistan has come a long way since independence.  Changes underway now signal a better future in many areas from ...
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Ambassador Michael Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor On the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Special Briefing Ambassador Michael Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Via Teleconference August 15, 2017   MS NAUERT: Well, welcome to our call today with Ambassador Mike Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Ambassador Kozak will talk about the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which Secretary Tillerson released about ...
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On the Latest DPRK Provocation

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the second this month, in blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community. All nations should take a strong public stance against ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Independence Day Remarks

June 30, 2017 Tashkent, Uzbekistan (As Delivered) Assalomu alaykum xonimlar va janoblar! Prime Minister Aripov, distinguished guests from the Government of Uzbekistan, colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps, and valued contacts representing: civil society, business, health, education, and the press –  Welcome – and thank you for joining the U.S. Embassy in this celebration of America’s ...
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United States Condemns Attack Outside of London Mosque

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 19, 2017 The United States strongly condemns last night’s attack that appears to have targeted Muslim worshippers in London. We extend our sympathies to the families and community of the victims and our hopes for the quick recovery of those wounded. We commend the work of the first ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Ramadan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release May 26, 2017   On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.  Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 21, 2017 Remarks as prepared for delivery   Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise ...
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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 24, 2017 Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks

USAID-funded Smart Waters Inauguration Event As Delivered Monday, April 17, 2017 9:15am Windham Hotel, Tashkent   Good morning! Ассалом Алейкум! Доброе Утро! Mr. Abdullaev, distinguished guests, I have been told that there is an Uzbek proverb that says “Ер – хазина, сув – гавҳар.” More or less in English, it means something that was said ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks Official Launch of the National Center on Antimicrobial Resistance and the National AMR Reference Laboratory As Delivered   Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:00am Institute of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Tashkent   Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen! Доброе утро, уважаемые Дамы и Господа! Ассалому алайкум муҳтарам хонимлар ва жаноблар! Dear ...
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Statement on Attacks in Egypt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 9, 2017 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on this holy day of Palm Sunday. We express our condolences to the families and ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017 The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack on the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed and our hope for a full recovery to those who were injured. Attacks like this are intended ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

April 6, 2017 My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal death for so many.  Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this ...
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Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on U.S. strike in Syria

Press Operations Release No: NR-126-17 April 6, 2017 At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).  The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and was in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Opening Remarks To Honor American Art Reception

(As Delivered; Delivered in Russian) Thursday, March 28, 2017 7:00pm Ambassador’s Residence, Tashkent Good evening, ladies and gentlemen!  On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, I am pleased to share with you this exhibition of American art at my Residence.  The exhibition seeks to embody the goals of the Art in Embassies program – ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks

Flag Raising Ceremony to Commemorate Opening of U.S. Embassy Tashkent 25 Years Ago (As Delivered)   Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:30am Embassy Old Chancery in Chilanzar, Tashkent   Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It’s great to see all of you here to commemorate the recreation of our raising of the U.S. flag on this property ...
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International Women’s Day

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, we reflect on the critical contributions women make in every sector of society and we recommit ourselves to addressing the discrimination and barriers that women face around the world. We have seen firsthand the benefits of women’s empowerment—politically, economically, and socially. ...
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Ambassador Spratlen’s Interview with “Jahon” Information Agency

Dear respected Madam Ambassador, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Uzbek diplomatic relations and 15th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership Declaration we would like to know your opinion on the achievements and results of our bilateral efforts during 25 years, specifically the implementation of the Declaration provisions. The United States and Uzbekistan have taken ...
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As Delivered Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen

USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Project: Seminar on Cold Storage in Horticulture: Current State and Perspectives February, 16, 2017 09:00 a.m. Ассалом Алейкум!  Доброе Утро!  Good morning to all of you!  It’s my great pleasure and honor to be here to welcome you to the opening of this wonderful event recognizing what’s happening in horticulture ...
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The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States

The White House January 20, 2017 The Inaugural Address REMARKS OF PRESIDENT Donald Trump – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined ...
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Reception in Honor of the 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Reception in Honor of the 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Tuesday, December 21, 2016 7:00pm Tonight, I welcome all our guests but in particular the foreign minister of Uzbekistan, Mr Kamilov. Tonight we are having a celebration with the diplomatic community and with those representatives of the various ministries that handle ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Opening Remarks at Alice Underground Concert

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Alice Underground Concert Opening Remarks (As Delivered) Sunday, December 11, 2016 6:00pm Turkistan Concert Hall (Begin transcript) Assalomu alaykum, добрый вечер, and good evening! How is everybody? It is my great pleasure to welcome all of you to this beautiful hall for a wonderful concert featuring the group from Los Angeles, ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks on UN Human Rights Day

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen UN Human Rights Day Remarks (As Delivered) December 9, 2016 Residence of EU Ambassador Eduards Stiprais (Latvia) (Begin transcript)Ассалом aлейкум, добрый вечер, and good evening to everyone! I would like to begin by, of course, welcoming the Ombudsman to this event – it is a pleasure to see you; and I ...
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Statement by the President

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 09, 2016   Rose Garden 12:20 P.M. EST   THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people:  Regardless of which side you were on in ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen

U.S. Embassy Tashkent’s 2016 Presidential Election Morning Event As Delivered November 9, 2016 Wyndham Hotel, Silk Road Room 8:00 a.m. Assalomu alaykum!  Dobroye utro!  Good morning to everyone who came to our “Uzbekistan convention” to watch the U.S. election results.  We are glad to see you this morning. We know that it is early and ...
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Press Opportunity with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon

In attendance: U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum Hyatt Regency Tashkent October 29, 2016 2:00pm Under Secretary Shannon: Thank you all very much for taking the time today to meet. I look forward to your questions. This is my first trip to Central Asia and my first ...
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43rd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers

Remarks Arsalan Suleman Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation  Tashkent, Uzbekistan October 19, 2016 (As Prepared) Your Excellency Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Your Excellency OIC Secretary General Iyad Amin Madani, Honorable Ministers and Heads of Delegation, Ladies and Gentlemen, Assalamualaikum. The United States expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Uzbekistan on the ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Regional Diagnostic Laboratory in Urgench

October 13, 2016 Ladies and gentlemen, Assalomu alaykum! On behalf of the U.S. Embassy and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency it is my honor to welcome you all to today’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for this newest Regional Diagnostic Laboratory.  This project, which began last summer, stands as yet another example of what our two countries ...
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Joint Statement From Secretary John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Lancaster House London, United Kingdom October 16, 2016 FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very much for coming. As everybody knows, the situation in Aleppo is getting worse and worse. There’s continuing bombardment of innocent civilians, 100,000 kids now under a terrible, medieval siege. Casualties continue to mount. ...
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Address by President Obama to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 20, 2016 The United Nations New York, New York 10:29 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President; Mr. Secretary General; fellow delegates; ladies and gentlemen: As I address this hall as President for the final time, let me recount the progress that we’ve made ...
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Remarks by the President Obama at the 9/11 Memorial Observance Ceremony

The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 11, 2016 The Pentagon – Arlington, Virginia 9:43 A.M. EDT Good morning.  Scripture tells us, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you…write them on the tablet of your heart.” Secretary Carter, Chairman Dunford, outstanding members of our Armed Forces, and most of all, survivors of that September day and ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum’s Press Conference with Uzbek Journalists

Transcript September 6, 2016, 7:30am Lotte Hotel Tashkent DAS Rosenblum:  Thank you, Jon, and thanks to all of you for coming to meet this morning.  I want to get right to your questions because I know you have questions but let me just say a couple of words.  I am here in Tashkent these few ...
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Statement by the President on the Death of President Islom Karimov of Uzbekistan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 02, 2016 At this challenging time of President Islom Karimov’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the people of Uzbekistan.  This week, I congratulated President Karimov and the people of Uzbekistan on their country’s 25 years of independence.  As Uzbekistan begins a new chapter ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry at the Central Asia Ministerial

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS August 3, 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry At the Central Asia Ministerial August 3, 2016 Benjamin Franklin Room SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody, and welcome to the State Department. Last fall, we convened the first meeting of the C5+1 – we ...
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Remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

Statement by John Kerry, Secretary of State Good morning, everybody, and welcome. And Cathy, thank you so much for the spectacular job that you are doing. I can’t think of anybody better suited to work on the State Department’s top priorities, and Cathy is really offering extraordinary leadership, encouraging every embassy, every consulate, every bureau, ...
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Terrorist Attack in Lahore, Pakistan

Statement by John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan. This cowardly act, which targeted innocent civilians in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, has killed dozens and left scores injured. The United States stands with the people and Government ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen talks to VOA Uzbek

In a special interview with VOA’s Navbahor Imamova, US Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen reflected on her first year in Tashkent and discussed several critical issues, including Congressional restrictions on Uzbekistan, forced labor and the Cotton Campaign, business and economy, educational opportunities, and the critical role media play. Navbahor Imamova, VOA Uzbek: Madame Ambassador, it ...
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Message on the Occasion of Nowruz

I am delighted to join President Obama in wishing a happy, healthy, and prosperous Nowruz to all our friends around the world who celebrate this holiday. As Americans, we rejoice along with all those from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Central Asia to the Caucasus to communities here in the United States, who come ...
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Statement by the President on International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which every woman and girl enjoys the full range of rights and freedoms that is her birthright. Women and girls make extraordinary contributions every day across all fields of human endeavor, including in business, education, sports, art, science, agriculture, parenting, and governance.  ...
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International Women’s Day

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 we applaud the women of today who lead, inspire, and work to ...
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Remarks by the President on Progress Against ISIL

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening, everybody.  I just met with my National Security Council as part of our regular effort to review and intensify our campaign to destroy ISIL.  I want to thank Secretary Kerry for hosting us and for his leadership of American diplomacy, not only in the Middle East but around the world.  Secretary ...
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk

MR. EARNEST:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Before we get started here, I wanted to introduce Brett McGurk.  He is the President’s Special Envoy to our Global Counter-ISIL Coalition.  And he has prepared some materials to discuss with you today some of the progress that we’re seeing on the ground against ISIL in Iraq and in Syria.  ...
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Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

Press Statement by John Kerry I am gratified to see the final arrangements concluded today for a cessation of hostilities in Syria and call on all parties to accept and fully comply with its terms. If implemented and adhered to, this cessation will not only lead to a decline in violence, but also continue to ...
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Remarks by the President on the Passing of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good evening, everybody.  For almost 30 years, Justice Antonin “Nino” Scalia was a larger-than-life presence on the bench — a brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive wit, and colorful opinions. He influenced a generation of judges, lawyers, and students, and profoundly shaped the legal landscape.  He will no doubt be remembered ...
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Secretary Kerry Delivers a Statement on Syrian Negotiations

SECRETARY KERRY: For almost five years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has disintegrated into a brutal conflict, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions both within and outside the country. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World War II. In recent months, a new and broad-based diplomatic initiative was ...
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International Human Rights Day 2015

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we commemorate it today, we recall President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Four Freedoms address, which inspired the Universal Declaration, and which the United Nations selected as this year’s theme for International Human Rights ...
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Statement 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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Statement by the President Congratulating the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Recipients

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.  This brave coalition of workers, industry, lawyers and human rights advocates is an inspiring reminder that lasting peace and security can only be achieved when citizens are empowered to forge their own future and that democracy is ...
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High-level Meeting on Afghanistan

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and His Afghan and Chinese Counterparts FOREIGN MINISTER RABBANI:  In the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful, Your Excellency Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Excellencies Secretary Kerry, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, distinguished foreign ministers and heads of delegations, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. First of ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped to achieve. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations

By Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Thank you, Foreign Minister Linkevicius, for chairing this session and for Lithuania’s consistent effort to integrate the issue of press freedom – and threats to it – across the work we do at the Council. I also want to thank our guest briefers, Mr. Deloire ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken Remarks on an Enduring Vision for Central Asia

DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon.  And Fiona, thank you very, very much for those very kind words of introduction. I think there are few people in Washington with a better feel for the sometimes Byzantine regional politics of Eurasia and Central Asia, not to mention the sometimes Byzantine policy-making process here in Washington.  It’s ...
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Richard Hoagland, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, gives an exclusive interview to BBC’s

In an exclusive interview with BBC’s Uzbek Service, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Hoagland said that the presidential elections on March 29 are Uzbekistan’s internal affair.  According to Mr. Hoagland, the elections in Uzbekistan may not meet the U.S. and European standards, but Washington will continue ...
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VOA Interview of State’s Rosenblum on Central Asia Issues

In a January 21 interview with Voice of America, the State Department’s Dan Rosenblum discusses U.S. military assistance to Uzbekistan, the ongoing transfer of mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, the United States’ dedication to human rights and democracy and upcoming elections in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Rosenblum is the State Department deputy assistant secretary for Central Asia. ...
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Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns’ Press Interview in Tashkent

Good afternoon.  I’m very pleased to be back in Tashkent at an important moment for Uzbekistan and Central Asia. I look forward to seeing President Karimov again later today, and I had a productive meeting with Foreign Minister Kamilov this morning.  We continued the very useful exchange we began in Washington last December during our ...
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