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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.

Syria: Cessation of Hostilities

Date: 05/02/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry, With UN Special Envoy de Mistura, Addresses Reporters After Their Meeting in Geneva - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (May 2): "The cessation of hostilities that we were able to negotiate and put in place...has had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of many Syrians during the time that it has been kept, and over much of Syria violence has been significantly down, many lives have been saved, and many communities have succeeded in having humanitarian assistance delivered after in some cases years in which they had no humanitarian assistance" Full Text»

Vietnam War Summit

Date: 04/27/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Speaks With Historian and Filmmaker Ken Burns About the Past and Future of the U.S.-Vietnam Relationship at the Vietnam War Summit in Austin - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 27): "The true measure of our partnership is not just whether our economies grow, but it is how they grow. And we are working very carefully on all of those issues with respect to freedom and human rights." Full Text»

Religion and Foreign Policy

Date: 04/26/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Delivers a Speech About the Intersection of Religion and Foreign Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute in Houston - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 26): "It’s up to us to recognize that we can’t lead a world that we don’t understand and that we can’t understand the world if we fail to comprehend and honor the central role that religion plays in the lives of billions of people." Full Text»

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