Dec. 10: President Obama spoke at the National Memorial Service for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): "Today, you work alongside the State Department, USAID, and Congress, and embassies on a worldwide basis ... And the contributions that you continue to make to the Jewish community are changing lives everywhere."
Secretary Kerry travels to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Tacloban, and Manila from Dec. 11-18.
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): "We call on all governments to implement their commitments under the UN Convention Against Corruption and to afford civil society a meaningful role in anti-corruption and transparency efforts."
Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 9): "We need to work towards a comprehensive agreement, but we need to give this process an opportunity to succeed."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 7): "Ours is a commitment that spans decades. In 1973, it was the driving force behind the 32‑day airlift that the United States conducted to deliver vital military assistance to Israel, to the forces, in order to help turn the tide of the Yom Kippur War.
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 6): "The United States commends yesterday's actions by French military forces, in coordination with regional forces, to begin the process of restoring security to the people of the Central African Republic (CAR)."
Deputy Secretary Burns (Dec. 6): "The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative offers a vivid example of what that kind of partnership can yield. It is a partnership based on shared responsibility and mutual respect."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 6): "Over the past two days, I had the opportunity to meet with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. And ... I am encouraged by the continued commitment of both leaders to the pursuit of peace."
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 6): "We are pleased that Mr. Merrill Newman has been allowed to depart the DPRK and re-join his family. We welcome the DPRK's decision to release him."
Dec. 6: Dr. Maya Angelou delivers a video message on behalf of the American people in memory of Nelson Mandela. Secretary Kerry's Statement President Obama's Statement Dipnote
Dec. 5: The Department of State's Office of the Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary is proud to report that participation in the NeXXt Scholars Program has more than doubled as it begins the second year.
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 6): "We obviously encourage Ukraine to continue to develop normal relations with its neighbors, but we also believe the European integration provides the surest path towards Ukraine's democratic future and economic prosperity.
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 5): "The United States condemns the terrorist attack against the Yemeni Ministry of Defense, which resulted in the senseless killing and wounding of dozens."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 5): "In the days and weeks ahead, we will consult very closely and continually with our Israeli friends in order to bring about a comprehensive agreement that can withstand everybody's test."
Secretary Kerry delivers remarks at the Saban Forum titled, “Power Shifts: U.S.-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East”, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, in Washington, DC. Transcript available soon.
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 4): "The United States is appalled by today's reports of the murder of innocent women and children outside of Bangui."
Secretary Kerry delivers remarks at the Saban Forum titled, “Power Shifts: U.S.-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East”, at 4 p.m. at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, in Washington, DC. Watch it live.
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 5): "We can confirm that a U.S. citizen named Ronald Thomas Smith II was shot and killed in Benghazi. He was a teacher at the International School there."
Senior Advisor Cefkin (Dec. 4): "The United States remains committed to reinforcing Burma's progress on reform. We remain hopeful, but clear-eyed about the challenges. Burma's road to reform will be a long process."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 5): "Madiba's 'long walk to freedom' gave new meaning to courage, character, forgiveness, and human dignity. ... He will be remembered as a pioneer for peace." President's Statement
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will deliver remarks on Caribbean-United States security cooperation, on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. at the U.S. Department of State.
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 4): "So I am here to affirm to you that the United States will stand with you. We are strongly supportive of what you are trying to achieve. We've provided some assistance and we will provide more." DipNote
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 4): "We've called on all parties in Lebanon and the region to respect Lebanon's sovereignty, and of course we continue working with the Lebanese Government."
Special Advisor for Children's Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs will visit Guatemala on December 4 to discuss international children's issues and to press for resolution of pending adoption cases.
The U.S.-Estonia Cyber Partnership Statement was signed on December 3. Estonia is a key ally of the United States and a recognized leader on issues of cyber security and Internet freedom. Fact Sheet
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 3): "This is a special year for the relationship between the United States and Thailand, as we celebrate our 180th anniversary of treaty relations."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 3): "It is my great pleasure to join the world's one billion persons with disabilities in recognizing the 21st International Day of Persons with Disabilities."
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, will travel to Nigeria and Kenya, December 2-13.
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 3): "2014 is really going to be a pivotal time for NATO and for a transformation that is taking place with respect to NATO engagement and responsibilities. It will be a pivotal time for our alliance and for the transatlantic relationship.