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  • Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry address reporters at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, on July 22, 2014, amid a series of discussions focused on creating a cease-fire for fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. - State Dept Image"

    The Situation in Gazza

    Secretary Kerry (July 22): "The loss of lives and the humanitarian impact is really heartbreaking, and we’re joining our international partners in reiterating our call for an immediate end to fighting and a return to the cease-fire that was reached in 2012.

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  • President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President's Update on the Situation in Ukraine

    President Obama made a statement on the current situation in Ukraine, in the wake of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 being shot down last week over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.

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    Lack of Access at Crash Site of MH17

    Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson: We are deeply concerned by the Russia-backed separatists’ refusal to allow OSCE monitors safe and unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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  • President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine abo…7. July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Obama Responds to MA Flight 17

    This afternoon, aboard Air Force One, President Obama placed separate telephone calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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  • President Obama hosted the annual White House iftar on July 14 to honor Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world. (AP Images)

    Obama hosted the annual White House iftar

    President Obama hosted the annual White House iftar on July 14 to honor Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world.

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  • Bags of flour donated by USAID, or the United States Agency for International Development, at a depot in the West Bank village of Anin near Jenin, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. © AP Image
    United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

    Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. 

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    Meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Working Group

    As part of our close and continuing cooperation with Turkey on a range of regional security challenges, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Turkish Foreign Ministry Under Secretary Feridun Sinirlioglu chaired a meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Working Group at the U.S. Department of State. 

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    Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power after a Vote on Security Council Resolution 2166.

    "Today’s resolution calls for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the horrific downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. When 298 civilians are killed, we agree that we must stop at nothing to determine who is responsible and bring them to justice." 

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    Russia Must Act to Reduce Tensions in Ukraine, Kerry Says

    Washington ― Russia’s actions contributed to the circumstances that caused the crash of a plane carrying nearly 300 people in Ukraine and it must take responsibility, Secretary of State John Kerry says.   Kerry Comments on Ukraine, Gaza, Iran and Other Issues in Fox , ABC, NBC, CNN  »

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    Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

    Secretary Kerry (July 18): "We are committed to testing whether we can address one of the world's most pressing priorities – ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon – through the diplomatic negotiations in which we and our international partners are currently engaged."  More »

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    Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine

    Secretary Kerry (July 17): We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time, as well as to all those whose citizens may have been on board.  

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    Religious Persecution by ISIL

    Spokesperson Psaki (July 18): "The U.S. condemns in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant." 

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    Readout of the Vice President's Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the crisis in Iraq and other regional issues. The Vice President welcomed the release of some of the Turkish citizens being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).  

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    Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu

    Secretary Kerry:Turkey is such a key partner in so many ways, but particularly given what is happening in Syria and now in Iraq with ISIL and the participation that we’ve had.  

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference amid meetings in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other national leaders on June 23, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
    Press Availability on Syria and Iraq

    Secretary Kerry (June 23): "The very future of Iraq depends on choices that will be made in the next days and weeks. And the future of Iraq depends primarily on the ability of Iraq’s leaders to come together and take a stand united against ISIL...." 

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    Ramadan Message

    President Obama: On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.  

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Ramadan Kareem (06/28/14)
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Ramadan Kareem

    Secretary of State John Kerry: As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish the millions of Muslims here at home and so many more all around the world Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time for peaceful reflection and prayer, a time for acts of compassion and charity -- universal values and aspiration ingrained in every human heart. 

  • U.S. Consul General Charles F. Hunter at 48-hour TSRRF Hackaton in Istanbul
    48-Hour Hackathon in Istanbul

    With support from the Department of State’s Fund for Innovation, the U.S. Consulate has partnered with the Institute for Creative Minds to organize a 48-hour "hackathon" which took place at the Galata Greek School in Istanbul on June 20-22, 2014.   Photos »

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    Syria: Removal of Declared Chemical Materials

    Secretary Kerry (June 23): "Today, the international maritime task force completed the critical mission of removing the last 8 percent of declared chemical weapons precursors from Syria."  

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    Readout of the Vice President's Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

    (June 23) - The Vice President spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to follow up on their June 11 conversation. The Vice President and Prime Minister discussed the danger to regional and international security posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)....  

  • President Obama Makes a Statement on Iraq
    Statement by the President on Iraq

    President Obama: "Over the last several days, we’ve seen significant gains made by ISIL, a terrorist organization that operates in both Iraq and in Syria. In the face of a terrorist offensive..."  Video »

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    Readout of the Vice President's Call

    (June 13) -The Vice President spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to follow up on their June 11 conversation. The Vice President and Prime Minister discussed the danger to regional and international security posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).  

  • Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
    Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power

    The United States strongly condemns recent attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the city of Mosul, Iraq, which have broad security implications for the country. 

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    Readout of the Vice President's Call

    (June 11) - The Vice President spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan regarding the security situation around Mosul, Iraq, where elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)... 

  • 2014 TIP Report
    Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

    The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government's principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.  Turkey »

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