Secretary of State John Kerry

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:23
AMBASSADOR PAGE: I would ask our staff to stand, but they’re always standing. (Laughter.) It is my great pleasure to introduce to you our boss, the Secretary of State. Most of you know that he was sworn in back in February of 2013 as the first Secretary of State in about a hundred years who had come from serving as the sitting head of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:20
SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon. I just completed an in-depth, very frank, and thorough discussion with President Kiir. And throughout the meeting, I think it’s fair to say that both of us spoke very candidly, very directly, and we got to the issues that I came here to discuss.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:19
SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I’m really pleased to be back in Africa and to be back in Addis Ababa, a city of enormous energy, and in a country that is really changing and on the move. I had a series of very productive meetings this morning with my foreign minister counterparts and African Union counterparts, and also have just concluded a meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:12
We’d like to welcome Secretary Kerry back to our Embassy here. Secretary, about a week ago we had an awards ceremony here for all of our employees and that we were all honored by all the great work that everyone here does and now we’re doubly honored to have you here with us today.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:10
Well, Mr. Deputy Chairperson, thank you very, very much. Thank you. First of all, we do feel at home. We’re very grateful to you for another generous welcome.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:07
SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning, everybody. I’ve just come from a productive, good meeting with President Kabila and Foreign Minister Tshibanda.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:03
Three years ago, I was in Juba to witness the birth of the world’s newest nation, and last week as I returned to South Sudan I saw how fragile the future can be when old grudges degenerate into violence.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:01
SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. President Dos Santos and I had a very constructive conversation today. We discussed a broad array of the issues concerning not just the bilateral relationship, but also concerning regional and broader security issues and challenges of the region.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:40
Africa is on the Rise, and We Need To Help Make Sure it Continues.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:14
We look forward to working with President-elect Juan Carlos Varela and his entire administration to advance our bilateral relationship.