Tag: US Department Of State

John Kerry Remarks with NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully

Press Release – US Department Of State Hello, everybody. My great privilege to welcome the foreign minister of New Zealand here. Murray is a close friend now. We have worked together for a number of years. I am particularly grateful, as is President Obama, for New Zealands very strong … Remarks with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 27, 2015 ________________________________________ SECRETARY KERRY: Hello, everybody. My great privilege to welcome the foreign minister of New Zealand here. Murray is a close friend now. We have worked together for a number of years. I am particularly grateful, as is President Obama, for New Zealand’s very strong support of the agreement with Iran, and we were privileged to have New Zealand as the presidency of the Security Council when it was passed – the resolution the other day embracing this agreement. But beyond that, we have a long and very close working relationship with New Zealand on any number of issues. New Zealand’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership was early and strong. They are a critical partner with us in all of the efforts of the ASEAN, the Southeast Asia Pacific efforts, the APEC, and the East Asia Summit. So on broad issues of national security, international economics and concerns, particularly in counterterrorism in today’s world, they are one of our strongest...

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Remarks at Global Chiefs of Mission Conference

Press Release – US Department Of State Good morning and welcome, everybody. Joe, thank you for entertaining everybody this morning. I will not challenge you as to when the last time was you were at high mass, but thats all right. (Laughter.)Remarks at Global Chiefs of Mission Conference Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC March 25, 2015 Good morning and welcome, everybody. Joe, thank you for entertaining everybody this morning. I will not challenge you as to when the last time was you were at high mass, but that’s all right. (Laughter.) Really happy to welcome all of our chiefs of mission here. Thank you all for traveling far, and thank you most importantly for the extraordinary way in which everyone is carrying out responsibilities – major responsibilities – in a very complicated world. And Joe, thank you for reminding me that there is pool press here because I didn’t know it. (Laughter.) So it’s good to know. John Kennedy had his first press conference as president right here in this room, and the next morning The New York Times said that this room was as warm as an execution chamber. So welcome home, folks. (Laughter.) The – I want to thank Pat Kennedy, who I see sitting over here. Pat, thanks so much. And Mr. Ambassador Macmanus, thank you for your tremendous leadership. And Gloria...

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Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia

Press Release – US Department Of State Remarks Fatema Z. Sumar Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs George Washington University Washington, DC October 28, 2014South and Central Asia: Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia 10/31/2014 11:38 AM EDT Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia Remarks Fatema Z. Sumar Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs George Washington University Washington, DC October 28, 2014 Remarks as prepared Introduction Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be here with all of you. I want to start by thanking George Washington University for organizing today’s discussion about the prospects for regional integration across Central Asia. I spend a lot of time dealing with this issue and will be traveling next week to Bishkek to represent the United States at the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Ministerial Conference. So today’s discussion is timely. Major Developments Affecting Central Asia During these past few months, there have been a number of developments in the region and across the globe that are having a real impact on the political, economic, and security situation in Central Asia. On the regional front, first and foremost, the Afghanistan transition continues, with the drawdown of U.S. and Coalition forces. Just this weekend, British troops ended their combat operations in Afghanistan, handing over Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Afghan National Security Forces....

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U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement

Press Release – US Department Of State U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement Secretary’s Remarks: U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement August 13, 2014U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement Secretary’s Remarks: U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement August 13, 2014 Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State East-West Center Honolulu, Hawaii MR. MORRISON: Well, thank you. Aloha. I want to welcome everyone. And for our online audience, and also for the Secretary, I’d like to describe who is here in our audience. We have the mayor of Honolulu, Mayor Caldwell. We have our senator, Mazie Hirono. We have our former governor, George Ariyoshi, and our other former governor, John Waihee. We have many members of the business and intellectual and public affairs community here in Honolulu. We have members of the diplomatic corps. We have members of our men and women in uniform. We have the members of the board of governors of the East-West Center. We have the staff of the East-West Center. We have friends of the East-West Center. And most importantly, we have future leaders of the Asia Pacific region. And I was just telling the Secretary, I think yesterday we welcomed 130 new participants from the United States and 40 other countries. They’re here on a unique program to prepare them for being future regional and global leaders. Now, how do you introduce a man who is so well-known for...

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US Department of State, Secretery Remarks (Sydney Australia)

Speech – US Department Of State Remarks With Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister of Defense David JohnstonRemarks With Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston August 12, 2014 Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Admiralty House Sydney, Australia FOREIGN MINISTER BISHOP: Ladies and gentlemen, today we have welcomed to Sydney and to AUSMIN Secretaries John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, and this is the second AUSMIN meeting that the four principals here have participated in. The United States alliance is the most important security relationship for Australia, and AUSMIN is an annual opportunity for us to take stock of this relationship. And today’s discussion was broad in its scope. We were frank in our exchanges, and there was a clear instinct for collaboration across a wide area of endeavor. There’s a desire to share the burden of implementing our mutual vision and mutual goal of regional and global peace and prosperity, security and stability. At a bilateral level, we signed the Force Posture Initiatives, the formal, legally binding document about a presence of U.S. Marines in the north of our country, and we focused particularly on the humanitarian disaster relief aspects of having the assistance of the U.S. in our region, which is, sadly, prone to natural disasters...

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