SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon, everybody, and thank you. And I apologize for keeping you waiting for a few minutes. A little while ago, as I think you know, I had the opportunity to address the UN Human Rights Council here in Geneva.
It is an honor for me today to join Chancellor Holm to sign the Memorandum of Understanding that serves as the basis of our cooperation on Fulbright, which since its founding in 1946 has grown to become the most prestigious and renowned educational exchange program in the world.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, thank you, Lisa, for the introduction. Lisa is an example of the countless dedicated public servants across our government, a number of who are here today, who are working tirelessly every single day on behalf of the security and safety of the American people.
Good evening to all and welcome to all to the Ben Franklin Room of the State Department. Many of you have been here before, but we’re delighted to have you back here and we are particularly grateful to all of you for taking time to be here for this important summit over both today and tomorrow.
On March 6, 2014, by Executive Order 13660, I declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of persons that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine.
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Estonia as you celebrate 97 years since the founding of your republic.
The United States welcomes the news that the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, supported by Chancellor Merkel and Presidents Hollande, Poroshenko, and Putin, reached agreement on a cease-fire and heavy weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine, and on the implementation of the September Minsk agreements.
Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you, Strobe, for your kind words and to everyone at Brookings. This was my home for six peaceful years. I miss it. Looking around the room, I see many friends who challenged and encouraged me — and who continue to generate some of the best ideas for America’s foreign policy. So, I’m very pleased to be here.
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