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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»
- Terrorist Designations
Dec. 18: The State Department has designated the Egyptian Ajnad Misr group, and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, an al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula senior leader, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order 13224. More»
- Remarks at Holiday Reception
Secretary Kerry (Dec. 17): "I really am pleased to be able to say hello to the families of our Foreign Service Officers and other U.S. personnel who are on duty overseas during the holiday season. This is your reception." Full Text»
- Nuclear Arms Control
Under Secretary Gottemoeller (Dec. 18): "As we push those nations to accept their own global and ethical responsibilities, the United States will maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear arsenal for the defense of our nation and our allies." Full Text»
- Release of FRUS Volume
Dec. 18: The State Department has released Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume IX, Arab-Israeli Dispute, August 1978-December 1980. More»
- 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»
- 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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