Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will ...
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Secretary Tillerson To Travel to Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi, N’Djamena, and Abuja

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2018 On his first official trip to Africa, Secretary Rex Tillerson will travel to N’Djamena, Chad; Djibouti, Djibouti; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria, March 6-13, 2018. Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership of the ...
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An Historic Moment for Zimbabwe

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 21, 2017 With the resignation of Robert Mugabe, today marks an historic moment for Zimbabwe. We congratulate all Zimbabweans who raised their voices and stated peacefully and clearly that the time for change was overdue. Zimbabwe has an extraordinary opportunity to set itself on ...
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Remarks at the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you. And good morning, everyone. It really is my honor to welcome all of you to the State Department this morning. And we are grateful to see so many friends and partners here in the United States, and appreciate you traveling to be with us today for this event. I have been very ...
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U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Remarks Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs  U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC September 13, 2017   Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON – Sao Tome and Principe National Day

July 12, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Sao Tome and Principe on the 42nd anniversary of your independence on July 12th. The United States commends Sao Tome and Principe’s long tradition of democracy, reinforced by the peaceful transfer of power after the presidential ...
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2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017   In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also ...
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On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 26, 2017 On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and ...
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Let’s Save our Oceans!

On Friday January 13, Juliette Bengone Ngoua, an active member of the Embassy’s Book Club and AWEP Gabon member, launched the “Youth and Environment” (Jeunesse et L’Environment) initiative to raise awareness among youth regarding the importance of protecting our oceans in a conference funded by a grant from Embassy Libreville. Building on ideas presented during ...
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Now is the time to invest in Africa

Last month, an outstanding group of over 100 entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa attended the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. Among many others, they included Habiba Ali, who started a solar energy business in Nigeria; Toussaint Billa, who created a mobile phone application for financial transactions in Gabon; and Naomi Tulay-Solanke, who started a ...
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior travel to Gabon

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell arrived in Gabon on Thursday to meet with President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Ministers Regis Immongault and Flore Josephine-Mistoul, engage with Gabonese environmental NGOs, and visit the Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve. This visit continues the United States’ work to combat the illegal trade of wildlife products in the United ...
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President Obama Speaks at United Nations Summit

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped to achieve. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Sao Tome and Principe National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principeon the 40th anniversary of your independence on July 12. Sao Tome and Principe and the United States share a commitment to democracy and the rule of law.  Our nations continue ...
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Supporting the U.S.-Africa Partnership Through the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015

Last week, Congress introduced several bills that are important to the economic future and national security interests of the United States. Central among them is a 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, legislation that has served as the cornerstone of the U.S.-African economic relationship and has dramatically expanded U.S trade with Africa ...
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Ambassador Cynthia Akuetteh – Remarks for the Announcement of Dates for the 2015 AGOA Forum

Mr. Minister, Distinguished Guests. I am grateful for the opportunity to be here today, and I want to thank Minister Tchango for the invitation. And thank you to all of you for coming out today.  Your attendance – and your hard work – is a testament to the commitment between the United States and Gabon ...
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Proclamation on National African American History Month

By The President of the United States of America A Proclamation For generations, the story of American progress has been shaped by the inextinguishable beliefs that change is always possible and a brighter future lies ahead. With tremendous strength and abiding resolve, our ancestors — some of whom were brought to this land in chains ...
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Excerpt from the Remarks by President Obama in State of the Union Address

Full address is at http://www.whitehouse.gov I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership.  We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.  That’s exactly what we’re doing right now.  ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism

Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Over the next two weeks, U.S. embassies and missions around the world will all be working to raise awareness of the irreparable harm caused by gender-based violence. This issue is seared ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: International Education Week

The Departments of State and Education celebrate the 15th annual International Education Week November 17-21, 2014. During this week, literally thousands of events will be held around the world to highlight the benefits of global learning and student exchanges. To understand why this is important, we have only to consider the consequences when people lack ...
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2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the President’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential ...
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