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President, First Lady Celebrated for Foreign Policy Achievements
Secretary Rice (Jan. 15): "We Americans know from our own experience that it is not easy to live up to high ideals, that the road to democracy is long, but worth the journey. And so we have insisted that the struggle for democracy is right, not out of arrogance, but out of the humility of believing that every man, woman, and child, whatever their color or religious beliefs, deserves the same blessings of liberty that we enjoy." Full Text 
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The Responsibility to Democracy
Secretary Rice (Jan. 16): "America is...a country that started out with certain very important institutions. And in many ways, first and foremost among them was a free press. Thomas Jefferson called it the fourth estate. And he understood and the founders understood that a free press was at the center of the ability of a democracy to deliver on its promise of accountability to those who brought them to power, because the consent of the governed cannot be taken for granted. And the consent of the governed cannot be known without a free press." Full Text
U.S., Israel Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Secretary Rice (Jan. 16): "This Memorandum of Understanding...provides a series of steps that the United States and Israel will take to stem the flow of weapons and explosives into Gaza. The United States is reaching out to its partners, as well. And together, the steps that we and other members of the international community can take will contribute to a durable cease-fire." Full Text
U.S. Is Committed to Israel's Security
Spokesman McCormack (Jan. 16): "This Administration, certainly, on behalf of the United States, has made it very clear our commitment to Israel’s security on a number of different occasions, in a number of different ways. And it’s safe to assume that that continues. And I would expect the incoming administration to recommit itself to those similar guarantees. As a matter of fact, I think they have already." Full Text
FY 2008 Citizens' Report Is Released
The Citizens' Report is a summary of performance and financial results for fiscal year 2008. The report presents to the reader the Department's highest priorities in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, and strengths and challenges in implementing programs that pursue our country's foreign policy agenda. A counterpart to the Citizens' Report is a podcast message from the Under Secretary for Management discussing how the State Department carries out its diplomatic mission.
U.S., U.A.E. Sign Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
Secretary Rice (Jan. 15): "We’re here to sign this as a tangible expression of the U.S. desire for active cooperation with states in the Middle East and around the world to meet their energy needs in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of safety, of security, and of nonproliferation." Full Text
With a GDP of about $2 trillion, France is the sixth-largest economy. It has substantial agricultural resources, a large industrial base, and a highly skilled work force. Principal French exports to the United States are aircraft and engines, beverages, electrical equipment, chemicals, cosmetics, and luxury products. France is the eighth-largest trading partner of the United States.   More...
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