Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the August 7th Memorial Park

  Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Nairobi, Kenya March 11, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Please, take a seat. Well, good afternoon and thank you for being here. I just have some very brief remarks.As all of you well know, 1998 terrorists thought they could demoralize and destroy the Kenyan and American people by attacking ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Press Availability With Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma

    Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Nairobi, Kenya March 9, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER JUMA: Thank you. Excellency Mr. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, United States of America, Excellency Ambassador Godec, colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the Fourth Estate: I am delighted to welcome and host His Excellency Rex Tillerson, ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Kenyan National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Kenyan National Day December 12, 2017 Please accept my best wishes to the people of Kenya as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of the establishment of Kenya as a republic on December 12. Let us continue to work together toward our mutual goals ...
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Corruption in Kenya: Stop Talking, Start Doing

Kenyans have talked about corruption for years. Kenyans know it is undermining the country’s prosperity, security, development, and even democracy. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 91 percent of Kenyans called government corruption a “very big problem.” What’s needed now, however, is not talk, but serious, sustained action.
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Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Nairobi

Secretary Kerry Makes Whirlwind Trip to Nairobi   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas Greenfield, had a short but busy visit to Kenya.  While in Nairobi for one day, Secretary Kerry met with H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues, counterterrorism cooperation, and bilateral issues.  He also ...
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President Obama Speaks with President of Kenya

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Readout of the President’s Phone Call with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya   President Obama spoke by phone today with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to accept President Kenyatta’s condolences for the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida.  The President reiterated his appreciation for ...
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Ambassador Godec Remarks: Iftar Dinner in Mombasa

Good evening. Hamjambo Mabibi na Mabwana, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to join you tonight to celebrate the breaking of the Ramadhan fast.  I would like to thank the Mombasa Muslim Association for assisting in making the arrangements this evening.  You have my gratitude.  Ramadhan is a special time, where friends, family, and communities ...
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U.S. Ambassador Attends World Refugee Day Celebrations

U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for World Refugee Day – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, Kenya – As Prepared –   His Excellency, Governor Nanok, other distinguished guests, Mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari zenu! Good afternoon! President Obama once said that “the ordeals refugees survive and the aspirations they hold resonate with us as ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Ramadan

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity.  It is also ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec at the First CSO Reference Group Annual General Assembly

Chair of the CSO Reference Group, Representatives of NGOs from around Kenya, mabibi na mabwana: Hamjambo!  Habari zenu! I am honored to join you today to speak about the essential role that civil society plays in development and in progress.  This is an exciting moment in Africa.  Africa is rising, most importantly because of Africans ...
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Press Availability in Nairobi, Kenya

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I’m delighted to be here in Nairobi, and I appreciate enormously the very generous welcome beginning with yesterday and my visit to the Nairobi National Park, which was wonderful. And I want to thank President Kenyatta and the cabinet and Cabinet Secretary Mohamed for not just their generous welcome, but also ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the Civil Society Forum

President Obama: Buenas tardes. Thank you, President Varela. Thank you very much, Panama, for hosting this Summit of the Americas. And I thank everybody who’s traveled here from across the region for the courageous work that you do to defend freedom and human rights, and to promote equality and opportunity and justice across our hemisphere ...
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President Obama to Attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya in July

The White House has just announced in Washington that the government of Kenya and the government of the United States have agreed to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July.  As the Press Spokesperson just indicated, this Global Entrepreneurship Summit has been organized annually since 2009 and it is a global platform for connecting ...
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Amb. Godec Remarks Reception to Commemorate Women’s History Month

Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana.  Mambo!  Habari zenu! Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.   Welcome. Tonight, we celebrate phenomenal women in Kenya and around the world. These women come from all walks of life and are exceptional for different reasons.  They are making countless contributions to building a better world, and doing so with wisdom, energy, compassion ...
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John Kerry and Susan Rice: South Sudan’s leaders need to set aside their dispute

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/john-kerry-and-susan-rice-south-sudans-leaders-need-to-set-aside-their-dispute/2014/12/15/0c85e056-847c-11e4-b9b7-b8632ae73d25_story.html John F. Kerry is secretary of state. Susan E. Rice is national security adviser. In 2011, the world’s newest nation was born amid joyous celebrations. The international community welcomed South Sudan not just with cheers but also with promises of help. The hope and promise of that day are now at grave risk of ...
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Secretary Kerry on International Anti-Corruption Day

U.S. Welcomes International Anticorruption Day On this day, International Anticorruption Day, the United States reiterates its commitment to working with its partners to combat the scourge of corruption. The moral and practical costs of corruption are no longer debatable. Corruption drives instability, popular protests, and revolutions. In some cases, these popular movements produce democratic reform, ...
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Two Terms and Done

By Linda Thomas-Greenfield , U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs In early August, U.S. and African leaders had their first opportunity to discuss security, economic growth, development and good governance during the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington. Over the course of three days, President Obama and the leaders of some 50 African countries discussed strategies to ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for Envirofit International and Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Institutional Stove Launch

– As Prepared – Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana. Habari za mchana! Good afternoon. Since 2009, the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation has worked to build strong households by supporting poverty-stricken families.  Since 2007, Envirofit International has worked to reduce indoor air pollution through economically-sustainable enterprises in emerging markets.  Together, these two organizations have done amazing things in ...
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We Have a Moral Obligation to Support Africa’s Progress By Barack Obama, President of the United States

Published in McLatchy Papers ___________________________________________________________ Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? _ Home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it boasts a growing middle class that is expected to expand to more than a billion consumers in the coming decades. _ With the continent a growing destination for foreign ...
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Remarks at the Civil Society Forum Global Townhall

Townhall John Kerry Secretary of State National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning, everybody. Thank you, Linda, very, very much for opening this exciting beginning of a very exciting three days, and we’re really delighted to welcome everybody here. Thank you all for joining us this morning to have a candid ...
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President Obama Welcomes Leaders from Across Africa to Washington, DC

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is an historic opportunity to strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people. The Summit theme, “Investing in the Next Generation,” reflects the common ambition to leave our nations better for future generations by making concrete gains in peace and ...
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Remarks at the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial

Remarks: John Kerry Secretary of State World Bank Washington, DC ________________________________________________________________________________________ Well, President Kim, Jim, thank you very, very much for your welcome. Welcome to all of you here, and I appreciate your – the substance of your comments. And I also appreciate your generous comments regarding my privilege of being here as Secretary. (Laughter.) ...
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LiveAtState Virtual Press Conference with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield

MS. JENSEN:  Good afternoon and welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media.  I’m your host, Holly Jensen, and today I’m delighted to welcome Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.  Today she’s going to be speaking with you about U.S.-Africa relations, the YALI Summit, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders ...
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Washington Fellows Presidential Summit Starts on July 28

In advance of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 500 of Africa’s most talented and inspiring young people will come together for a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on July 28-30.  This summit will give young African leaders studying in the United States the opportunity to meet with President Barack ...
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LiveAtState Virtual Press Conference with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield

MS. JENSEN:  Hi, welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media.  I am delighted to welcome those of you joining us from around the continent in Africa today.  I would like to send a special shout-out to those of you joining us from our watch parties in the Democratic ...
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Commitment to Africa Remarks by John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

Hallelujah, thank you very much for a spectacular introduction. Thank you for even getting out of the city and up into the mountains. And everything is so beautiful. This is an extraordinary building, and I just had the pleasure of walking out on the veranda here and enjoying the view. I understand this is the ...
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“Commitment to Africa” Policy Speech

Gullele Botanic Park Addis Ababa, Ethiopia SECRETARY KERRY:  Hallelujah, thank you very much for a spectacular introduction.  Thank you for even getting out of the city and up into the mountains.  And everything is so beautiful.  This is an extraordinary building, and I just had the pleasure of walking out on the veranda here and ...
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U.SOfficials Invite Partnership in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted leaders from Kenya’s private sector, government, and civil society along with youth representatives at his home on January 28, to mark the closing of the application process for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows program, which will send 50 Kenyans to the United States to ...
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