A careful balance of strength and diplomacy gives us the best chance to reach our common goal, and to do so without having to resort to force. — Secretary Kerry at the Saban Forum, December 7, 2013
President Obama has directed all U.S. diplomatic missions to fly the American flag at half-staff in honor of President Mandela. You can read the Presidential Proclamation at go.usa.gov/Wume.
Madiba’s ‘long walk to freedom’ gave new meaning to courage, character, forgiveness, and human dignity. Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives on. — Secretary Kerry, December 5, 2013
President Obama: Madiba transformed South Africa — and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better.
Read more on DipNote at http://go.usa.gov/WurB
Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. — President Obama, December 5, 2013
Sunset view from the Air Force plane carrying Secretary Kerry, just before landing in Moldova.
Join us tomorrow at 1pm ET for a Google+ Hangout with Special Advisor for International Rights of Persons with Disabilities Judith Heumann and Senior Advisor and former Olympic athlete Michelle Kwan on “Going For Gold: Advancing International Disability Rights”. You can watch the Hangout live here.
The Hangout will feature several U.S. Paralympic athletes, who will speak about the opportunities offered by international training and competition for Paralympians, as well as some of the challenges they face.
During the Hangout, live-captioning will be available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=StateDeptGooglePlusHangout
Last night, Secretary Kerry toured the Christmas-bedecked Grand Place in
Brussels after NATO Ministerial meetings.
We reiterate our call on the Cuban Government, echoing foreign leaders and even Cuba’s allies, to release Alan Gross immediately and unconditionally. — Office of the Spokesperson, December 2, 2013