We have to decimate and discredit a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement.
Secretary Kerry on ISIL in his testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, September 18, 2014
There are few ideas more powerful – more infused with universal aspiration – than democracy.
Secretary John Kerry on International Day of Democracy, September 15, 2014

On September 9, Secretary of State John Kerry departed for travel to Amman, Jordan; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Baghdad, Iraq. Follow his trip on Twitter and on www.state.gov.

Now is the time for Iraq’s leaders to govern their nation with the same vision and sense of purpose that helped to bring this new government together in the first place. And in that effort, they should know the U.S. will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Iraqis.
Secretary Kerry on the formation of the Iraqi government, September 8, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry accompanied President Barack Obama to Wales to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit on September 4-5. While in Wales, Secretary Kerry met with several foreign counterparts to discuss regional issues, including the United States’ ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government and the threats posed by ISIL. Following a meeting on ISIL, Secretary Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a joint statement, which you can read here.

Secretary of State John Kerry accompanied President Barack Obama to Wales to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit on September 4-5. While in Wales, Secretary Kerry met with several foreign counterparts to discuss regional issues, including the United States’ ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government and the threats posed by ISIL. Following a meeting on ISIL, Secretary Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a joint statement, which you can read here.

There is evil in this world… Ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil. ISIL is the face of that evil.
Secretary Kerry on the murder of James Foley, August 20, 2014
We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities.
Secretary Kerry on World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2014
Children wave flags as they wait to greet Secretary Kerry as he arrives in the Solomon Islands on August 12, 2014.  
While in the Solomon Islands, Secretary Kerry met with government officials, saluted local residents who assisted U.S. forces in World War II, and toured the famed battlefield on nearby “Bloody Ridge” during the Guadalcanal campaign.

Children wave flags as they wait to greet Secretary Kerry as he arrives in the Solomon Islands on August 12, 2014.  

While in the Solomon Islands, Secretary Kerry met with government officials, saluted local residents who assisted U.S. forces in World War II, and toured the famed battlefield on nearby “Bloody Ridge” during the Guadalcanal campaign.

Secretary of State John Kerry receives a traditional necklace upon his arrival in Solomon Islands.

Secretary of State John Kerry receives a traditional necklace upon his arrival in Solomon Islands.

Alliance With U.S. a Boon for Asia

The rise of Asia — the world’s fastest growing economic zone, with a burgeoning middle class — is changing the world.  Growing people-to-people links and technological advances are expanding the region’s influence. 

We meet today in Sydney for the 29th annual AUSMIN to sign a landmark agreement between our governments which will provide a policy and legal framework, as well as cost-sharing principles, to support the continued implementation of U.S. force posture initiatives and to discuss new opportunities for cooperation. 

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