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  • President Obama addresses the First Plenary Session at the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, April 11, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    On April 10-11, 2015 the Heads of State and Government of the Americas met at the Seventh Summit under the theme, “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas".

  • On March 19, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed a special session of the Permanent Council and outlined the U.S. position on the situation in Venezuela at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. (OAS File Photo)

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Perm. Rep. (Mar. 19, 2015): "My government does not wish to see a Venezuela that is politically unstable or impoverished ... we want to see Venezuela thrive and return to the path of full and genuine demoracy ..."

  • Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addresses the Organization of American States (OAS) Special General Assembly in Washington, D.C. for election of a new OAS Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General, March 18, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    Deputy Secretary of State Blinken (Mar. 18, 2015): "Today’s election marks a very meaningful step forward in this journey to strengthen the OAS and fully realize its promise for all of our hemisphere’s citizens."

  • Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addresses the gathering marking the 75th anniversary of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the historic Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters.  The event was co-sponsored by Global Ties - U.S. and the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS, February 4, 2015. (Global Ties - U.S. Photo)

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Perm. Rep. (Feb. 4, 2015): "There is nothing greater, more valuable, and enduring than the many lives we touch, and even change profoundly, through the people-to-people engagement that is at the heart of the IVLP."

  • Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks at the Benjamin Franklin room at the State Department, marking the 20th anniversary of the First Summit of the Americas in 1994, on December 10, 2014. (State Dept. Photo)

    Secretary of State Kerry (Dec. 10, 2014): "Our hemisphere was ahead of the curve in defining democracy as a right – a right to a government by the people and for the people. And we can really be proud of that ..."

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