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    2015-08-26

    Obama’s Call with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

    The White House summarizes President Obama's phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    2015-08-24

    Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day 2015

    The White House releases a proclamation by President Obama on Women’s Equality Day 2015.

    2015-08-19

    Kerry on World Humanitarian Day

    Secretary of State John Kerry issues a statement on the commemoration of World Humanitarian Day.

    2015-08-14

    Kerry at U.S. Embassy’s Flag-Raising Ceremony in Cuba

    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the flag-raising ceremony opening the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

    2015-08-12

    State Dept. Briefing on Kerry’s Trip to Cuba

    A senior State Department official discusses Secretary of State John Kerry’s historic trip to Havana August 14.

    2015-08-07

    Kerry on ASEAN Day

    Wishing ASEAN citizens a wonderful ASEAN Day, Secretary of State John Kerry says, “Southeast Asia is one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic regions in th...

    2015-08-07

    Kerry on Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity

    Secretary of State John Kerry comments on the 70th anniversary of the London Charter, which set in motion the prosecution at Nuremberg of the top officials...

    2015-08-07

    Kerry on Future of U.S.-Vietnam Relationship

    Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the past and the future of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship at the Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    2015-08-05

    Kerry at YSEALI Event in Malaysia

    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    2015-08-03

    Obama at YALI Presidential Summit Town Hall

    President Obama speaks at a town hall for young African leaders assembled in Washington for the YALI Presidential Summit and takes their questions.

    2015-08-03

    Fact Sheet: The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

    The State Department issues a fact sheet on President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

    2015-07-28

    Obama on Death of Former Indian President Kalam

    President Obama extends his condolences to the people of India on the death of former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam.

    2015-07-28

    Obama’s Remarks to the People of Africa

    President Obama addresses the African people at the African Union Headquarters during his visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    2015-07-27

    Toast Remarks by President Obama, Ethiopian PM Halemariam

    President Obama and Ethiopian Prime Minister Halemariam Desalegn give toasting remarks at a state dinner in the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    2015-07-27

    Amb. Power on Death of Djiboutian Amb. Olhaye

    Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, addresses the U.N. General Assembly on the death of Roble Olhaye, Djiboutian permanent...

    2015-07-27

    Kerry on 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

    At a State Department ceremony presenting the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, Secretary of State John Kerry says that because of its credibility, the r...

    2015-07-26

    Obama’s Conversation with Kenyan Civil Society Members in Nairobi

    President Obama has a conversation with members of Kenya’s civil society at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

    2015-07-24

    Proclamation on Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

    President Obama issues a proclamation celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    2015-07-24

    Kerry on Burundi Election

    Secretary of State John Kerry calls Burundi’s presidential electoral results “the culmination of a deeply flawed electoral process marked by violence and a...

    2015-07-21

    State Dept. on Lack of Credibility for Elections in Burundi

    The United States warns that elections held under the current conditions in Burundi will not be credible and will further discredit the government.

    2015-07-20

    Obama on 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

    President Obama honors those who worked toward the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act during an event at the White House.

    2015-07-20

    White House on Opening of Embassies in Havana and Washington

    The White House releases a statement on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana and the opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington.

    2015-07-20

    Amb. Power on U.N. Decision to Accredit Human Rights Group

    Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, applauds the decision by the United Nations Economic and Social Council to grant consu...

    2015-07-20

    Celebrating 25 Years of Americans with Disabilities Act

    The White House issues a fact sheet marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and listing new actions that agencies and groups ar...

    2015-07-17

    State Dept. Official on Re-establishing Relations with Cuba

    A State Department official briefs reporters about the logistics of the official re-establishing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba...