State Department

UN Security Council Holds Inaugural Meeting on LGBT Issues

This historic event recognizes that the issue of LGBT rights has a place in the UN Security Council.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Security Cooperation with Iraq

The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people.

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Secretary Kerry’s Statement on World Humanitarian Day

Today we salute the unsung heroes who venture out to some of the most dangerous places on earth and risk their lives to save others.

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Market Bombing in Douma, Syria

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime’s deadly airstrikes yesterday on a market in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

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U.S. Statement on the Alleged Abuses by UN Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic

The United States is profoundly shocked and dismayed by allegations and incidents of serious misconduct by UN peacekeepers serving in the UN Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla

The United States and Cuba today in our meeting both agreed that we are determined to look ahead and that the same shared resolve that brought us to the diplomatic agreement to be able to open our embassies is the shared resolve that we will now apply to the process of normalization.

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at Flag Raising Ceremony in Cuba

Secretary Kerry in Havana

The United States flag is raised at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, symbolizing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations after 54 years.

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On-the-Record Briefing on the 19th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue

The dialogue gave us a chance to convey in advance of that visit the growing sense of alarm in the United States about human rights developments in China and to stress the importance of making specific improvements in keeping with China’s own laws and international commitments.

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Conviction of Human Rights Activists Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan

The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence human rights and peace advocates Leyla and Arif Yunus, who have been detained for more than a year, to eight-and-a-half and seven-year prison terms, respectively.

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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Iraq

The United States condemns in the strongest terms both the ISIL attack this morning at a crowded market place in Baghdad as well as other recent terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people.

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