Majority Leader Steny Hoyer issued the following statement in Washington, D.C. after the State Department announced sanctions on eight Iranian officials implicated in human rights violations and on the Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), which has spent millions in the Iranian petroleum sector. President Obama has also secured the commitment of major oil and gas companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Statoil, and ENI, to end their business dealings with Iran:
Thank you very much, Senator Kerry, and thank you for your strong leadership that produced the 14-4 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I’m very grateful that Chairman Kerry and Ranking Member Lugar were at the forefront of making the case why the treaty is so much in America’s national security interests.
Two very different developments on the Iran policy front came out of Washington today. I wanted to share with you National Iranian American Council (NIAC)’s statement of support for the first measure, which targets human rights abuses in Iran, and invite you to take action to oppose the second measure, which imposes sanctions against innocent Iranians.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the following speech Wednesday at the Historical Conference on the American Experience in Southeast Asia in Washington, D.C. She will be traveling to Hanoi next month.
Thank you very much, Ambassador, and it’s a great pleasure and privilege for me to welcome all of you to the Department of State. I know we have in this audience scholars and historians, diplomats, and those who have great personal knowledge of and experience with the important issue that will be discussed throughout the day. A lot of history has been made in the State Department and continues to be made every day. And some of the people who are working here and who have worked here previously know that very well.
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: it is an honor to address this Assembly for the second time, nearly two years after my election as President of the United States. We know this is no ordinary time for our people. Each of us comes here with our own problems and priorities. But there are also challenges that we share in common as leaders and as nations.
Washington, D.C. - Prior to the Iraq and Afghanistan military interventions, U.S. planners cut deals with the least democratic groups in both countries, crippling U.S. “long term objectives” in the process. In Iraq, the U.S. empowered competing rag tag groups with self-serving motivations. In Afghanistan, the U.S. empowered warlords responsible for the devastation of the country during its decade-long civil war, figures credited for creating the conditions on the ground for Taliban reign.
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It may be tempting to dismiss this week’s UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit as yet another talk-shop: Government leaders making fine pronouncements and posing for photo ops. But this time, the decisions our leaders make can mean the difference between hardship and hope. Between impoverishment and opportunity—for a billion poor people worldwide.
It's time to look at the facts regarding the U.S. leadership role in the international fight against HIV/AIDS. And let's look at it through the lens that matters the most: lives saved. Thanks in large part to ongoing U.S. leadership, the number of people receiving HIV prevention, treatment and care is growing and will continue to grow with the significant support of the Obama Administration: