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Transfer of Power in Burkina Faso

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 31): "The United States is concerned about the unfolding events in Burkina Faso. We regret the violence and the loss of life in Burkina Faso and call on all parties to avoid further violence."

Address on U.S.-China Relations

Secretary Kerry will address the current state of U.S.-China relations 35 years after the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations, and chart out a vision for future relations. The event will be held at 9:30 a.m. on November 4.

The New European Commission

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 31): "I look forward to collaborating with a new European Commission that will take office on November 1 under the leadership of President Jean-Claude Juncker."

Secretary's Travel to Paris, Beijing, and Muscat

Secretary Kerry will travel to Paris, Beijing, and Muscat, November 4-12 to lead the Department of State's delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting and participate in multilateral and bilateral meetings.

ISIL Executions in Anbar Province

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 31): "We are deeply concerned by reports of mass executions of Sunni tribesmen in Anbar province by ISIL and strongly condemn the brutal actions that ISIL continues to perpetrate against the Iraqi people."

Travel to the Czech Republic

Under Secretary Stengel will travel to Prague, November 3-5 to speak at the opening of TechCamp Prague and tour the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

Travel to Ecuador

Assistant Secretary Jacobson will travel to Quito, Ecuador, November 2-5 to reinforce bilateral cooperation on issues of common interest, including education, trade, security, cultural patrimony, and clean energy.

Commitment to a Democratic Transition

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 30): "The United States welcomes President Compaore's decision to withdraw a National Assembly bill which would have amended the constitution and allowed him to run for an additional term of office."

Heart of Asia Foreign Ministerial

White House Counselor Podesta (Oct. 31): "Promoting peace and reconciliation is key to achieving a positive and resilient outcome in Afghanistan. This is an ongoing process that is and must continue to be designed and led by Afghans."

Daily Press Briefing: Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 31): "We welcome news of an EU-brokered gas deal between Russia and Ukraine that will secure gas to Ukraine and ultimately the rest of Europe through the upcoming winter. The agreement is a positive step."

Special Representative Papp's Travel

U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp will visit Reykjavik, Iceland, October 31-November 1 to attend the Arctic Circle Assembly.

Sentence of Ethiopian Journalist

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 30): "The United States is deeply concerned by the October 27 sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn to three years in prison for provocation and dissemination of inaccurate information."

Situation in Jerusalem

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 30): "I am extremely concerned by escalating tensions across Jerusalem and particularly surrounding the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount."

Passing of Tom Menino

SWecretary Kerry (Oct. 30): "Tom Menino was Boston. In fact, if you just look around the city, you'll see with your own eyes that he is Boston today. Others talked, Tommy worked."

Violence in South Sudan's Unity State

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 30): "Since last December, thousands of people have been killed and millions have fled their homes due to the senseless man-made conflict in South Sudan."

Washington Ideas Forum

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 30): "As I said, nations are more developed, they're more assertive, and it's not a moment like that. That doesn't make diplomacy any less important, it's in fact more important in many ways, because we don't have the bipolarity that existed for those 70 years or so.

Daily Press Briefing: Turkey

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 30): "Turkey remains not only an important NATO ally but a partner in these efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL."

U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership

Oct. 29: Following the second Partnership Dialogue in Dhaka in May 2013, Bangladesh and the United States have demonstrated their shared commitment to broadening and deepening their partnership, including through the signing of multiple agreements in November 2013.

Coalition To Counter ISIL

General John Allen (Oct. 29): "It's going to take the cooperation of many of the members of the coalition over a period of time. We're going to combine our efforts in a number of ways to accomplish the objectives of degrading ISIL and ultimately defeating it.

Travel to Haiti

Counselor to the Department Thomas A. Shannon visits Haiti on October 30, 2014 to underscore U.S. support for timely elections, promote political dialogue, and highlight progress made in reconstruction and development.

Changes to Burkina Faso Term Limits

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 28): "The United States is concerned by the spirit and intent behind a draft National Assembly bill in Burkina Faso to amend the constitution to allow the term-limited incumbent president to run for an additional five-year term.

Daily Press Briefing: Zambia

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 29): "I want to just reiterate from here the United States Government expresses its deep condolences on the passing of Zambian President Michael Chilufya Sata. Our sympathies are with the president's family and with the people of Zambia during this time of mourning.

Meeting on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia

Oct. 28: The United States joined over 80 countries, international organizations, and companies in Dubai for the 17th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

Additional Support for Syrian Refugees

Oct. 28: Assistant Secretary Richard announced that the United States will provide $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help communities in the region hosting the more than 3 million refugees from Syria.

Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 28): "Together on this side of the Atlantic and where necessary overseas, we will defeat the advocates and practitioners of terror, expose their hypocrisy, and we will win the battle of ideas."

Parliamentary Elections in Botswana

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 27): "I commend all Batswana who turned out in overwhelming numbers to participate in your eleventh parliamentary election since independence in 1966."

Washington Ideas Forum

Oct. 30: Secretary Kerry participates in the sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic at approximately 10 a.m. EDT at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, DC.

Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum

Secretary Kerry will participate in the sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, DC.

Coalition To Counter ISIL

General John Allen (Oct. 29): "It's going to take the cooperation of many of the members of the coalition over a period of time. We're going to combine our efforts in a number of ways to accomplish the objectives of degrading ISIL and ultimately defeating it.

Daily Press Briefing: Indonesia

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 28): "Indonesia's military, like the country as a whole, has reformed in significant ways over the past 16 years in line with Indonesia's democratic transition."


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