Embassy Nouakchott Celebrates Independence

Ministers, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Honored guests, dear friends and family, Welcome, Bienvenue, Marhaba to our celebration of the 240 year anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. In 1775 armed conflict began between American and British forces over American refusal to pay taxes to the British Parliament where they had no representation.  Only a minority sought ...
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Ambassador André Speech

Madame Minister, Members of the Official Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Representatives from the international diplomatic community, leaders from the religious institutions and civil society, distinguished guests, colleagues and friends Welcome to the American Embassy and thank you for joining my colleagues and I in our celebration of United States’ Independence Day.  I ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Larry E. André: History of Slavery and its Vestiges in the United States

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1776 in our Declaration of Independence from Britain, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Jefferson’s philosophical commitment to human equality, unfortunately, did ...
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United States of America: Slavery, Racial Discrimination, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, Monday, 19 January, is a national holiday in my country to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. toward making our society more just and united.  He was the most prominent human rights leader in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.  His career focused on ending the ...
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Statement by Ambassador André to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, on the Occasion of the Presentation of His Letters of Credentials

Good morning, I am delighted to be with all of you here today in this beautiful country, Mauritania. In-Sha-Allah (If God wills), we will continue the dialogue I have just begun with the President throughout my stay here. I want to convey to the people and to the government of Mauritania the deep respect of ...
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