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Kazakhstan’s Independence Day

Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, warm congratulations to the people of Kazakhstan as you celebrate 26 years of your nation’s independence.

Today, the United States and Kazakhstan are closer partners, working together to expand our economic, energy, science, and technology cooperation, and to promote regional security and stability. Our cooperation on global issues has deepened during Kazakhstan’s term as a member of the United Nations Security Council. We congratulate Kazakhstan on the success of Astana Expo 2017, which showcased Kazakhstan’s commitment to energy resource development across the globe.

We look forward to strengthening our partnership over the coming years and we send the people of Kazakhstan our best wishes as you celebrate this special day.

U.S. Department Of State Declaration On The Centennial Of President John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

The Department of State pays tribute to the memory and legacy of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the centennial of his birth in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1917.

President Kennedy pursued a foreign policy based on American strength, a commitment to human freedom and human dignity and the determined use of diplomacy to advance our country’s interests and the cause of peace during a challenging time in our history.

He was a resolute defender of human freedom in an embattled and divided Berlin at the height of the Cold War when he rallied that city’s citizens by proclaiming that he was with them, that he too was a Berliner.

He proclaimed the importance of integrating diplomacy and defense as the surest way to protect our country against the many dangers of the early 1960s. He said memorably, “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But, let us never fear to negotiate.”

His wisdom and courage led us back from the precipice of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He concluded that “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind”.

President Kennedy also led through the power of hope in establishing the Peace Corps, the Alliance for Progress and in advancing economic development initiatives for new countries in Africa and other parts of the developing world as colonialism mercifully ended.

For the men and women of the State Department and USAID, perhaps his greatest contribution was his belief in the necessity and the nobility of public service. Following his luminous Inaugural address when he challenged his fellow citizens to “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”, thousands of young Americans committed themselves to a life of service, many in our department. His legacy endures in the careers of our Foreign and Civil Service Officers today in Washington and in our embassies and consulates around the world.

As we look back at the thousand days of his Presidency, we also honor President Kennedy’s dream of peace for Americans and people everywhere. In one of his most visionary speeches– the American University commencement address in June 1963–Kennedy told graduates: “I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war….But we have no more urgent task.”

And, in that same speech, he urged Americans and people everywhere to cast aside the distrust and threats of the Cold War and to work together for a more cooperative global future.

“For in the final analysis”, he said, “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

We at the State Department remember and honor President Kennedy’s extraordinary service to the United States of America a century after his birth.

Secretary Tillerson To Participate In UNSC Ministerial On DPRK

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will participate in a UN Security Council Ministerial Briefing on Non-Proliferation and the DPRK on Friday, December 15, 2017 in New York, New York.

Secretary Tillerson will reiterate that the United States and the international community will not stand by while North Korea continues to develop nuclear and missile capabilities that openly threaten international peace and security. The Secretary will continue to call on all member states to work together and maintain maximum pressure on the DPRK in order to compel North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The Secretary will also meet with UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Follow Secretary Tillerson’s travel via @StateDept on Twitter and go to the Department’s Flickr account for the latest trip photos. Stay connected at https://blogs.state.gov/engage, and keep track of all of the Secretary’s travels at https://www.state.gov/secretary/2017travel/index.htm.

Secretary Tillerson Hosts The Second U.S.-Mexico Strategic Dialogue On Disrupting Transnational Criminal Organizations

Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will convene the second high-level dialogue with their Mexican counterparts to continue discussion on strategies to disrupt transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) on December 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the Department of State. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will also participate.

Government of Mexico participants will include Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, Secretary of Government Miguel Osorio, and Acting Attorney General Elias Beltran.

This dialogue is a result of commitments Secretary Tillerson and former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly made at the first such event on May 18, 2017. The dialogue will advance strategic approaches to disrupt the multi-billion-dollar business model of those who profit from illicit drug trafficking and threaten our security.

There will be a camera spray preceding the dialogue and a joint press availability following the dialogue, both of which will be open press.

For Camera Spray in the Benjamin Franklin Room: Pick-up time for all press: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance. For the Press Availability in the Dean Acheson Auditorium: Pre-set time for video cameras: 10:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance. Final access time for writers and still photographers: 10:20 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

The joint press availability will be streamed live on state.gov at 10:45 a.m. EST. Follow on Twitter @StateDept, @StateDeptSpox, and the State Department’s official Spanish-language account, @USAenEspanol.

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Secretary Tillerson To Address 2017 Atlantic Council – Korea Foundation Forum

Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will deliver remarks at the 2017 Atlantic Council – Korea Foundation Forum at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

The event is open to credentialed members of the press. All interested press should RSVP no later than Monday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m. to the Atlantic Council by emailing press@atlanticcouncil.org. The Atlantic Council will provide information on preset times and media credentials upon receipt of an RSVP.

The Secretary’s remarks will be streamed live on www.state.gov and at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/

For further information from the Department of State, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492, or follow @StateDept on Twitter.

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