Press Releases: Art Restitution Ceremony

To mark the return of two groups of paintings missing since World War II, the Department of State will host a ceremony on May 5. The five paintings will be restituted by the Monuments Men Foundation to the Federal Republic of Germany.Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria … [Read more...]

Presidential Proclamation — National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2015

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY AND NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK, 2015 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   In America, every child is born with limitless promise, and each deserves a chance to achieve their dreams.  A world-class education can … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Additional Funding for the UN Refugee Agency in Kenya

Today, Secretary Kerry announced over $45 million in additional funding to help the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protect and assist some 600,000 refugees residing in Kenya. The United States applauds the tremendous hospitality of Kenya in providing a safe haven for so many refugees. Details of … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Meet and Greet for Embassy Staff

AMBASSADOR GODEC: Ladies and gentlemen, good morning.AUDIENCE: Good morning.AMBASSADOR GODEC: (Speaks in Swahili.)AUDIENCE: (Speaks in Swahili.)AMBASSADOR GODEC: It is a great, great privilege and a pleasure for me this morning to welcome to the U.S. embassy here in Nairobi our Secretary of State, John Kerry. … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Remarks at Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Rukia, thank you very, very much, not just for the welcome and my introduction and your words, but thank you for your amazing example, for your extraordinary courage, and thank you for still being part of this great family. We really appreciate it. Everybody here has such respect for your journey personally, … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Remarks with Embassy Colombo Staff

SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Can I just -- really, thank you. Thank you. Thank you and good morning. You love it. I’m just getting at it, just (inaudible). It’s really nice to see all of you. Kids, thank you for coming out. How are you? You all look fabulous. You look terrific. No school today, … [Read more...]


Atlanta, Georgia May 2, 2015   Thank you, Chad, for that great introduction.  Hello, Atlanta!  I am so proud to be here with all of you tonight.  I’d like to start by saying I think Chad is doing a phenomenal job leading HRC.  But, as a mother myself, I think we owe Chad’s … [Read more...]

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco’s Meeting with United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Yesterday, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Lisa Monaco, met with incoming United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, for consultations as he begins his new role.  Ms. Monaco underscored the importance the United States places on rapidly … [Read more...]

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Al-Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. The Vice President reaffirmed the US commitment under the Strategic Framework Agreement to a united, federal, and democratic Iraq, as defined in the Iraqi constitution. He further reaffirmed, pursuant to this commitment, that all … [Read more...]

President Obama Signs Kentucky Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of April 2-17, 2015. The President's … [Read more...]