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    Obama on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

    President Obama: As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families.

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  • Secretary Kerry Meets With Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu in Paris to Discuss Gaza Strip Cease-fire (Photo: US Department of State)

    Secretary Kerry Meets With Turkish FM Davutoglu

    Secretary Kerry: I’m delighted to have a chance to be able to welcome my colleagues, the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Minister of Qatar Khalid Attiyah, here to the American Embassy in Paris.

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  • Remarks With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby (Photo: U.S. State Dept)

    The Situation in Gaza

    Secretary Kerry (July 25): "Specifically, here is what we’ve been working to try to bring about. At this moment, we are working toward a brief seven days of peace – seven days of a humanitarian cease-fire in honor of Eid."

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  • UN Secretary-General Ban Addresses Reporters Before Gaza Cease-Fire Meeting in Jerusalem With Secretary Kerry   (Photo: State Dept.)

    Situation In Gaza

    Secretary Kerry (July 23): "The UN is wholeheartedly in this effort to try to see if we can advance not just a cease-fire but a sustainable process of going forward, which is very important."

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  • President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President's Update on the Situation in Ukraine

    President Obama made a statement on the current situation in Ukraine, in the wake of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 being shot down last week over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.

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    International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

    The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.   Turkey »

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    United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

    Secretary Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. These funds will provide critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, food, and medical supplies to Palestinians in Gaza. 

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    Meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Working Group

    As part of our close and continuing cooperation with Turkey on a range of regional security challenges, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Turkish Foreign Ministry Under Secretary Feridun Sinirlioglu chaired a meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Working Group at the U.S. Department of State.  

  • President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine abo…7. July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    President Obama Responds to MA Flight 17

    This afternoon, aboard Air Force One, President Obama placed separate telephone calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.   Kerry - Lack of Access at Crash Site of MH17  »

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    Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power after a Vote on Security Council Resolution 2166.

    "Today’s resolution calls for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the horrific downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. When 298 civilians are killed, we agree that we must stop at nothing to determine who is responsible and bring them to justice." 

Secretary of State John Kerry (Photo: State Dept.)
    Russia Must Act to Reduce Tensions in Ukraine, Kerry Says

    Russia’s actions contributed to the circumstances that caused the crash of a plane carrying nearly 300 people in Ukraine and it must take responsibility, Secretary of State John Kerry. Read Kerry's comments on Ukraine, Gaza, Iran and Other Issues in Fox , ABC, NBC, CNN. 

  • President Obama hosted the annual White House iftar on July 14 (AP Images)
    Obama’s Remarks at Annual White House Iftar

    President Obama hosted the annual White House iftar on July 14 to honor Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world.  Video »

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    Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine

    We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time, as well as to all those whose citizens may have been on board.  

  • U.S. Consul General Charles F. Hunter with Yalova University Rector Prof. M. Niyazi Eruslu (Photo: U.S. Consulate General Staff Member)
    Consul General Hunter's Yalova Visit

    U.S. Consul General Istanbul Charles Hunter visited Yalova Province in the Marmara Region paying a courtesy visit to Governor of Yalova Esengül Civelek, Mayor of Yalova and Yalova University Rector Prof. M. Niyazi Eruslu.   Photos »

  • Ambassador Ricciardone, Syriac Metropolitan Yusuf Cetin and Consul General Hunter (Photo: Syriac Metropolit)
    Ambassador Ricciardone's Farewell Visits to Religious Community Leaders

    On Wednesday, July 2, Ambassador Ricciardone, joined by Consul General Chuck Hunter, paid a farewell call on Syriac Metropolitan Yusuf Cetin at the Church of the Virgin Mary. Later in the day, Ambassador Ricciardone also paid a farewell call on Acting Armenian Patriarch Aram Atesyan, at the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate. 

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    Readout of the Vice President's Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the crisis in Iraq and other regional issues. The Vice President welcomed the release of some of the Turkish citizens being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). 

  • Consul General Charles F. Hunter at Studio-X (Photo: Yasemin Güder)
    Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at Panel Discussion: LGBT Life on Campus – Perspectives from Turkey and Abroad

    The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, in cooperation with Studio-X Istanbul, held a panel discussion entitled “LGBT Life on Campus: Perspectives from Turkey and Abroad” on June 26 as part of Istanbul’s 2014 Pride Week programming. In his opening remarks, Consul General Hunter noted the U.S. State Department’s ongoing support for LGBT rights around the world and the importance of these issues to him on a personal level, as a U.S. diplomat, and as a citizen.  

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    Ramadan Message

    President Obama: On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan. 

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2013 International Religious Freedom Report

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Situation in Ukraine

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