Tag: US State Department

John Kerry Remarks With NZ PM John Key After Their Meeting

Speech – US State Department SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I apologize for keeping folks waiting for a moment here. Its my great privilege to welcome the prime minister of New Zealand, the great Kiwi friend of the United States and someone Ive had the pleasure … Remarks With Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key After Their Meeting Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC June 19, 2014 SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I apologize for keeping folks waiting for a moment here. It’s my great privilege to welcome the prime minister of New Zealand, the great Kiwi friend of the United States and someone I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with in a number of different conferences and locales, and I’m delighted that you’re here today, John. Thank you very much for being with us. Before I say a little more about the New Zealand-U.S. relationship, I want to say a few words about the situation that we’re all focused on intensely and with the greatest concern imaginable, and that is, of course, Iraq. Iraq, in our country and in other places in the world, has long been hotly debated with contrasting views from many different quarters. But two things are crystal clear. This is no time for that debate, and it’s not the time for a war about the war. Second, this is...

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China-U.S. Symposium

Speech – US State Department Remarks from Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the China-U.S Symposium at Tufts University.Remarks at China-U.S. Symposium Remarks Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Tufts University Boston, Mass. April 18, 2014 ________________________________________ As Prepared for Delivery Thank you. I’m pleased to be at the Tufts University Fletcher School here for the China-U.S. symposium. Many distinguished diplomats have come from Tufts, and I’m confident today’s students will continue that tradition. I encourage everyone looking for a job to consider the Department of State – there’s no recruiting bounty, but it provides an extraordinary career, and the unique satisfaction of public service. As the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, I cover every country in the Asia-Pacific region, west to east from Burma to Kiribati; and north to south from Mongolia to New Zealand. In between, of course, is China – an immensely important country. And it is undergoing a transformation with huge impacts on the Asia-Pacific region, and on U.S. interests. I like your conference theme of “engagement” with China because engagement is a key element of U.S. foreign policy. This year, we mark the 35th anniversary of official diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of our unofficial relations...

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Daily Press Briefing: April 9, 2014

Press Release – US State Department The Secretary spoke this morning with Foreign Minister Lavrov. He also spoke with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk separately. When he spoke with Foreign Minister Lavrov, he reiterated our concerns his concerns about escalating tensions in the east.Daily Press Briefing: April 9, 2014 Jen Psaki Spokesperson Daily Press Briefing Washington, DC April 9, 2014 TRANSCRIPT: 1:21 p.m. EDT MS. PSAKI: Hi, everyone. Thank you for your patience. Turns out there’s quite a bit going on in the world today, as all of you know. I have a couple of items at the top. The Secretary spoke this morning with Foreign Minister Lavrov. He also spoke with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk separately. When he spoke with Foreign Minister Lavrov, he reiterated our concerns – his concerns about escalating tensions in the east. They discussed the possibility of a quad meeting next week that you all saw EU High Representative Ashton refer to yesterday. He spoke with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, thanked him for his leadership, encouraged him to continue efforts at inclusiveness across Ukraine. They discussed the ongoing efforts by the Ukrainian Government to continue to address the situation in eastern Ukraine peacefully, and they also discussed the possibility of a quad meeting next week. One other item: With us at today’s briefing, we have eight students from the U.S. Defense Information School sitting in the back. Hello,...

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Maritime Security, Seapower and Trade

Speech – US State Department Remarks Tom Kelly Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs U.S. Naval War College Newport, Rhode Island March 25, 2014Maritime Security, Seapower and Trade Remarks Tom Kelly Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs U.S. Naval War College Newport, Rhode Island March 25, 2014 (As Prepared) Reflections on Maritime Strategy It’s a great pleasure to be back in Newport. I’m proud to say that my family has roots in Little Rhody. My mother grew up 20 miles from here in Barrington, and she first met my father down the road from here on Bellevue Avenue when they were both performing as actors in summer stock theater here. My grandparents retired to Little Compton, so I’ve been coming up to this area ever since I was born. I want to welcome this evening’s Little Compton contingent, including my Uncle Chris and Aunt Suzie Burns, as well as their friends Captain Ron and Jane Bogle. Chris and Suzie were kind enough to allow me to officiate, as a seven year-old on the lawn of our rental house in Little Compton, at a make-up wedding event for those who weren’t able to attend the real thing. I’ve always considered this my first official public event, and I want them to know that I’m available if they need some vows renewed. This is my second visit to the...

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U.S.-Japan and U.S.-Korea Relationships

Speech – US State Department Daniel Russel,Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs discusses some of the opportunities and challenges facing the U.S in its relationships with Japan and the Republic of Korea Alliances.Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S.-Japan and U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliances Testimony Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Washington, DC March 4, 2014 ________________________________________ Chairman Cardin and Members of the Subcommittee, I am pleased to appear before you today to discuss this important topic. Early in his first term, President Obama began implementing his vision for the Asia-Pacific rebalance, based on America’s enduring stake in a prosperous and stable region. The United States has been, we are, and we will remain a Pacific power. In the second term, the Administration is building out this strategy. The Department of State is focused on dedicating diplomatic, public diplomacy, and assistance resources to the region in a way that is commensurate with the truly comprehensive nature of our engagement. And under Secretary Kerry we are intensifying our support for U.S. companies, climate and energy cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, youth and exchange programs, education, women’s empowerment, and other initiatives. The members of this Subcommittee know well the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to American interests. The broader region...

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