State Department

Secretary Kerry: Statement on the Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine

Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 17, 2014   We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and […]

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Secretary Kerry in Vienna: Real Gaps Remain in Iran Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to reporters after nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna

Our team will continue working very hard to try to reach a comprehensive agreement that resolves the international community’s concerns.

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State Department on Anniversary of Nataliya Estemirova’s Murder

Nataliya Estemirova bravely and tirelessly sought to expose horrible human rights violations in Chechnya.

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Facts on U.S.-China Dialogue Strategic Track Select Outcomes

On the occasion of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) July 9-10, 2014, the United States and China agreed to, among other things:

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U.S., China Strike Conciliatory Tone as Annual Talks Begin

Jack Lew, John Kerry and Xi Jinping walking (AP Images)

Top Chinese and United States officials are emphasizing cooperation as they begin two days of annual talks in Beijing on July 9.

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Secretary Kerry on the Deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach

“We condemn this despicable terrorist act in the strongest possible terms. The killing of innocent youths is an outrage beyond any understanding or rationale, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”

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Kerry on International Day Against Drug Abuse, Trafficking

This is more than a moment to focus on drug abuse and addiction. It’s a time to connect the dots between the global flow of illicit drugs, violence that destroys communities and even nations the world over, and 21st century challenges, from human trafficking to elephant poaching to transnational crime and corruption.

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Trafficking Report Is ‘Call to Action’ to End Modern Slavery

Secretary Kerry holding up report (AP Images)

The State Department released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, compiling a year’s worth of research into modern sex slavery and forced labor conditions around the world.

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International Institute Opens in Malta to Provide Counterterrorism Training

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Malta provides an ideal home for the Institute where these trainings will take place, quite literally linking the European and African continents with deep historical ties in both directions.

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Obama Expands Marine Reserves; DiCaprio Applauds Sea Stewardship

Leonardo DiCaprio walking in front of large “Our Ocean” graphic (AP Images)

President Obama ordered an expansion of existing marine protected areas surrounding Pacific Remote Islands, and he set in motion stronger government action against illegal fishing.

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