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Diplomacy in Action

  • Date: 02/04/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry displays his first diplomatic passport, while delivering welcome remarks to U.S. Department of State employees in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2013.  - State Dept Image

    Date: 02/04/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry displays his first diplomatic passport, while delivering welcome remarks to U.S. Department of State employees in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2013. - State Dept Image

Secretary of StateJohn F. Kerry

The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service, and U.S. Agency for International Development. On February 1, 2013, John Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.

Combating Human Trafficking

Date: 01/29/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the White House Forum on Combatting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on January 29, 2015.  - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 29): "One of the greatest zones of impunity is in the supply chains. ... If governments want responsible businesses to compete on a level playing field, then we need to address this problem head on." Full Text»

Latvia's EU Presidency

Date: 01/29/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics responds to question during their joint press conference at the U.S. Department of Stat - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 29): "In that role, it underscores the importance of what is happening in the European response ... to the aggression that has taken place there, the violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine." Full Text»

The U.S. and Sweden

Date: 01/29/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom address reporters before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 29): "Sweden is helping on Ebola, standing the line on Ukraine, providing critical humanitarian assistance in our struggle in the Middle East with ISIS and Syria, and is a powerful supporter of the concept of a trade agreement." Full Text»

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