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  • FACT SHEET: Vice President Joe Biden Announces $135 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis (November 22, 2014)

    Vice President Joe Biden announced today in Istanbul, Turkey that the United States is providing nearly $135 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help feed civilians affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria. With this announcement, the United States has provided more than $3 billion in critical humanitarian aid since the start of the crisis, including $222 million for international humanitarian organizations working with the Government of Turkey as they continue to help those affected by the war in Syria. The new funding will help feed vulnerable people inside Syria; Syrian refugees in Turkey; and Syrian refugees in other neighboring countries. Turkey has generously committed substantial portions of its national resources to hosting an estimated 1.6 million refugees from Syria. The world has watched with great concern as more than 190,000 Syrians from Kobani fled to Turkey in recent weeks. The United States is grateful that Turkey kept its doors open to people fleeing the brutality of ISIL as well as the appalling atrocities committed by the Assad regime. 

  • U.S. Embassy Notice (October 9, 2014)

    On Saturday, October 11, a delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives will visit Albania as part of a visit to the region. The delegation will include Representative Gus Bilirakis of Florida, Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia, and Representative Gregory Meeks of New York. During their one-day visit, the Representatives will be meeting with Albanian government officials, politicians, and representatives of Albania’s religious communities. The delegation will discuss issues of interest to their constituents in the United States; will reaffirm the strong U.S-Albanian friendship; and will seek ways to enhance our bilateral relationship in the future. Please visit the U.S. Embassy Facebook page for more information on the visit. 

  • Statement by the President on the Signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement in Afghanistan (September 30, 2014)

    Today we mark an historic day in the U.S.-Afghan partnership that will help advance our shared interests and the long-term security of Afghanistan. After nearly two years of hard work by negotiating teams on both sides, earlier today in Kabul the United States and the new Afghan Government of National Unity signed a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). This agreement represents an invitation from the Afghan Government to strengthen the relationship we have built over the past 13 years and provides our military service members the necessary legal framework to carry out two critical missions after 2014: targeting the remnants of Al Qaeda and training, advising, and assisting Afghan National Security Forces. The signing of the BSA also reflects the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement our two governments signed in May 2012. 

  • Under US leadership, world will defeat ISIS By John F. Kerry (September 26, 2014)

    THE UNITED STATES has long faced threats from a lethal brand of terrorism that perverts one of world’s great religions. We have been relentless in targeting Al Qaeda and its affiliates, but the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, now poses a profound and unique threat to the entire world. What we are confronting is nothing less than a violent extremist enterprise. It has employed violence, intimidation, and genocidal brutality to impose its will across large swaths of Syria and Iraq. The Islamic State controls more territory than Al Qaeda ever has, which means it has access to money on an unprecedented scale to finance its mayhem. With American leadership, the world is responding with a unity that shows these criminals that we will not allow them to divide us or force their nihilistic vision on helpless people, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or nationality. On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the gross abuses carried out by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. 

  • Statement by Secretary Kerry - The Return of the M/V Cape Ray to Portsmouth, Virginia (September 21, 2014)

    I am proud to welcome home the men and women of the M/V Cape Ray, the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration vessel and salute all the dedicated professionals who worked on the Cape Ray, carrying out a critical national security mission, the first time that chemical weapons were removed from a live conflict and destroyed aboard a ship on the open sea. After the call for a novel ship-board hydrolysis system, the Cape Ray was prepared for the mission in just five months. Despite initial projections that the work would take as long as three months, the operations on board took only 42 days.  

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