Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Opening Remarks at U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE CENTARA GRAND BANGKOK, THAILAND AUGUST 1, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Thank you, Foreign Minister.  Thanks for hosting here today, and I want to congratulate also Foreign Minister Don on a successful year at Thailand’s chairmanship. As Secretary of State, a key part of my mission is to …

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Opening Remarks at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE CENTARA GRAND BANGKOK, THAILAND AUGUST 1, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Foreign Minister.  I want to thank you, Thailand, for hosting this special ministerial marking a decade of the Lower Mekong Initiative.  The United States has been a proud partner for those whole 10 years, and thanks to …

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REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 243rd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 243rd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY June 26, 2019 Good evening.  Welcome to all of you.  Welcome especially to our guest of honor, His Excellency U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister in the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor and spouse …

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Why Does Responsible Business Matter

Why Does Responsible Business Matter [UMFCCI] May 30, 2019 What do we mean by responsible business, responsible investment? Others here, who are more expert on this topic, I think have a better and fuller definition. To me that basically means you are doing business first according to laws and rules and with ethical standards – …

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Ambassador Scot Marciel Remarks at the World Press Freedom Day Reception

Ambassador Scot Marciel Remarks at the World Press Freedom Day Reception   05-28-19 Welcome to all of you. Thank you so much for coming this evening. I know World Press Freedom Day was a few weeks ago, so I apologize; we’re commemorating it a little bit late. But we’re doing it even a little bit …

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REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AT THE 2018 APEC CEO SUMMIT

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                                                                                  November 17, 2018     REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AT THE 2018 APEC CEO SUMMIT Pacific Explorer Marquee Theatre Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Thank you, Scott.  And thank you all for that warm welcome.  Prime Minister O’Neill, Chairman Taureka, representatives …

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REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 242nd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 242nd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY June 28, 2018 Minister U Kyaw Tin, Other Ministers, Members of Parliament, Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests and Friends, thank you very much for joining us tonight as we celebrate our 242nd birthday …

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Ambassador Marciel’s remarks delivered at the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies

Good morning, everyone. Mr. Chairman, thank you so much for the kind introduction, which mostly made me realize that I’ve been doing this kind of work for far too long. But it’s very kind of you to do it, especially after you just came back from a major surgery. Thank you to all of you …

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Remarks by President Obama and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

Oval Office 12:27 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It is an extraordinary pleasure for me to welcome State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her delegation to the White House.  This is not her first visit to the Oval Office, but it is her first visit in her official capacity.  And it represents a remarkable process …

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Remarks by the President After Counter-ISIL Meeting

Remarks by the President After Counter-ISIL Meeting Treasury Department Washington, D.C. 12:18 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  I just met with my National Security Council as part of our regular effort to review and intensify our campaign to destroy the terrorist group ISIL.  Our meeting was planned before the terrible attack in Orlando.  But obviously that …

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Joint Press Availability With Burmese Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Press Availability John Kerry Secretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyitaw, Burma May 22, 2016 MODERATOR: (Inaudible.) We will commence this press briefing with a brief statement by the Minister for (inaudible) of Myanmar, to be followed by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, and then the minister will take …

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Ambassador Mitchell’s Speech at MISIS

Thank you very much, as stated I was last here in 2014 in another building and it’s very, very good to be back.  I do want to thank MISIS for having me back, especially MISIS Chairman Ambassador U Nyunt Maung Shein, as well as esteemed MISIS members Dr. Daw Kyi Kyi Hla, Daw Carole Ann …

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Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel’s Statement Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Washingt

Chairman Salmon, Ranking Member Sherman, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to testify on the important issues of democracy, the protection of human rights, and forging sustainable peace in Burma. I would also like to thank the Committee for its leadership in supporting and promoting …

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2015 U.S. Independence Day Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell at the Embassy Mission Residence, Rangoon

Mr. Vice President, Madam, Venerable Ashins, excellencies, distinguished guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen. Alone Mingalaba kh’mya! Welcome to you all. Thank you so much for braving the rain and the traffic to join my wife Min and me, as well as my colleagues from the U.S. Embassy, in celebrating the 239th birthday of the United …

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2015 U.S. Independence Day Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell at the Jefferson Center, Mandalay

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Alone Mingalaba kh’mya! Welcome to you all. Thank you so much for joining my wife Min, and me, and my colleagues from the Jefferson Center and U.S. Embassy, to celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States of America. Thank you to Ko Saw Kyin Sein, the Jefferson Center and …

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Ambassador Mitchell’s Remarks at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival Closing Ceremony

Ladies and gentlemen, diplomatic colleagues, friends. Alo-mingalaba-kha-mya.  I’m honored to be here once again at this Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival, and to be asked to say a few words in support.  The U.S. Embassy, and specifically USAID, is proud to continue to be one of the sponsors of this event.  …

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Assistant Secretary Anne Richard’s Teleconference on U.S. Refugee and Migration Policy and Programs in Southeast Asia

MODERATOR: We’re all here in Indonesia and overseas. As you know we have journalists on the call from KL and actually from around the world. The format will be as follows; we’ll start out with the Assistant Secretary who will deliver short remarks and then we’ll go to Mr. Tom Vargas from UNHCR for short …

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Ambassador Mitchell’s Remarks at the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Thank you Colors Rainbow (thank you Aung Myo Min, UNAIDS) and thank you LGBTI community of Myanmar for inviting me to give opening remarks today, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.  I am pleased to see the participation of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission at today’s event.  It is wonderful the …

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Civil Society Roundtable Remarks

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I’ve just had an opportunity to speak with an excellent cross-section of civil society organizations here in Myanmar -– women’s organizations, organizations focused on rule of law, we have the press association, the press council represented here, organizations championing the rights of the disabled, labor organizations, student organizations, groups that are concerned …

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President Thein Sein Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to thank once again President Thein Sein for welcoming us, not only for the excellent arrangements that were made for the EAS and the U.S. ASEAN Summit, but also the opportunity to exchange ideas face-to-face. In part because of President Sein’s leadership, the democratization process in Myanmar is real and …

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