Secretary Kerry (Dec. 13): "Our goal remains as it always has been – for the Israelis and Palestinians to reach a final status agreement – not an interim agreement, a final status agreement."
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 12): "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent massacres of Syrian civilians in the Qalamoun region and elsewhere."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 12): "The Honduran people turned out in record numbers to vote ... and we commend the Honduran government for ensuring that the election process was generally transparent, peaceful, and reflected the will of the Honduran people.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoagland (Dec. 11): "The United States was the first to recognize Kazakhstan's independent and sovereign nationhood after independence in 1991. From that time onwards, we have seen Kazakhstan as an increasingly significant partner in many areas.
Dec. 12: The U.S. Departments of the Treasury and State announced the designation of a number of companies and individuals for evading international sanctions against Iran and for providing support for Iran's nuclear program.
Under Secretary Sherman (Dec. 12): "Thanks to the sanctions pressure, and a firm and united position from the P5+1... we have reached an understanding that constitutes the most significant effort to halt the advance of Iran's nuclear program in nearly a decade.
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 12): "We, of course, remain committed to our deep and longstanding alliance with Japan, and welcome steps to increase our alliance capabilities."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 10): "The United States expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv's Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity.
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 11): "Today, the World Health Organization released a report that confirms what many of us have long believed: we're knocking on the door of doing what many fifteen years ago deemed impossible." DipNote
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 11): "America has a singular ability to be able to articulate a vision, to lay down a set of principles that we have actually lived by and practiced and made a difference by in order to galvanize the global community."
Secretary Kerry travels to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Tacloban, and Manila from December 11-18 to meet with senior officials and to discuss a range of issues.
Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 11): "We're obviously concerned that Islamic Front forces have seized the Atmeh headquarters and warehouses belonging to the SMC, and we are, of course, in close contact with General Idris and the SMC about these events."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 10): "Around the world, the fundamental struggle for dignity – for economic justice, political freedom, and personal expression – continues every day and in many forms."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 10): "President Obama and I have both been very clear ... that Iran must not acquire a nuclear weapon. And it is the President's centerpiece of his foreign policy: Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 10): "The United States and Burkina Faso share a commitment to promoting democracy, economic development, and regional stability."
Dec. 10: The Global Equality Fund supports civil society's efforts to advance and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons around the world. DipNote
Dec. 10: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants are early career and prospective English teachers in their home countries who assist in teaching their native languages and cultures on U.S. campuses.
Dec. 10: President Obama spoke at the National Memorial Service for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Secretary Kerry will deliver the keynote remarks at the 2nd Annual Transformational Trends Strategic Forum at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC.
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): "Today, you work alongside the State Department, USAID, and Congress, and embassies on a worldwide basis ... And the contributions that you continue to make to the Jewish community are changing lives everywhere."
Secretary Kerry travels to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Tacloban, and Manila from Dec. 11-18.
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): "We call on all governments to implement their commitments under the UN Convention Against Corruption and to afford civil society a meaningful role in anti-corruption and transparency efforts."
Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 9): "We need to work towards a comprehensive agreement, but we need to give this process an opportunity to succeed."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 7): "Ours is a commitment that spans decades. In 1973, it was the driving force behind the 32‑day airlift that the United States conducted to deliver vital military assistance to Israel, to the forces, in order to help turn the tide of the Yom Kippur War.
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 6): "The United States commends yesterday's actions by French military forces, in coordination with regional forces, to begin the process of restoring security to the people of the Central African Republic (CAR)."
Deputy Secretary Burns (Dec. 6): "The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative offers a vivid example of what that kind of partnership can yield. It is a partnership based on shared responsibility and mutual respect."
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 6): "Over the past two days, I had the opportunity to meet with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. And ... I am encouraged by the continued commitment of both leaders to the pursuit of peace."
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Dec. 6): "We are pleased that Mr. Merrill Newman has been allowed to depart the DPRK and re-join his family. We welcome the DPRK's decision to release him."
Dec. 6: Dr. Maya Angelou delivers a video message on behalf of the American people in memory of Nelson Mandela. Secretary Kerry's Statement President Obama's Statement Dipnote
Dec. 5: The Department of State's Office of the Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary is proud to report that participation in the NeXXt Scholars Program has more than doubled as it begins the second year.