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President Obama (Dec. 17): "Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. ... We will begin to normalize relations between our two countries." Full Text» Fact Sheet» Secretary's Statement»
In Other News
- Daily Press Briefing: EU and Hamas
Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 17): "We will continue to work closely with the European Union on Hamas-related issues. We believe that the EU should maintain its terrorism sanctions on Hamas." Full Text»
- Attack in Yemen
Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 17): "The United States strongly condemns yesterday's bomb attack in Radaa, Yemen, which killed dozens, including at least 15 girls who were riding in their school bus." Full Text»
- Nuclear Disarmament
Special Representative Wood (Dec. 17): "There remains strong support among governments and publics for nuclear disarmament. ... The United States has led the international community in responsibly reducing nuclear arsenals." Full Text»
- South Pacific: Weapons Destruction
Dec. 17: U.S. efforts reduce the humanitarian impact of abandoned World War II-era munitions caches across the region by funding survey and clearance operations as well as training missions. More»
- Head of USAID To Depart
Administrator Shah (Dec. 17): "It was with mixed emotions that I informed President Obama and Secretary Kerry that I will step down as Administrator in mid-February 2015." Full Text» Secretary's Statement»
- Press Availability in London
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 16): "A focus of these conversations has been our deep concern about the situation on the ground in Israel and in the West Bank and the mounting calls from the international community to pursue diplomatic measures to try to address it." Full Text» Trip Page»
- Ebola Response
The United States is working with international partners to help respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus. More»
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