Ambassador Laura Dogu Remarks on USDA Program

Ladies and Gentlemen. Hungry children cannot learn or concentrate on their studies. The US Department of Agriculture’s McGovern Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program is working on both issues: hunger and education. Honorable President of the Terra Foundation, Freddy Nasser; Mrs. María del Carmen Nasser Executive Vice President of the Terra Foundation; members …

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Ambassador Laura F. Dogu remarks on Announcement of Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico and Meta Digital Training

Good morning to all. Today we live in a world that is constantly changing. Success in this dynamic world requires skills that previously existed only in our imaginations. Training in the digital field is key to international competitiveness, and I am very happy to see the commitment of everyone here to strengthen education in this …

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Ambassador Laura F. Dogu’s Remarks at the Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico Digital Registration Platform Announcement

Hello. I would like to thank Minister Barquero and Minister Medina for the invitation to participate in this event. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend Ambassador Mario Canahauti. Many thanks also to Mr. Richard Baratha for the support given to the United Nations Development Program for this project that we are …

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Ambassador Laura Dogu’s Remarks on 2022 Central America Donors Forum

The world is complicated with many challenges such as the closure of civic spaces, threats to freedom of expression and loss of trust in democracy and democratic institutions.  We see leaders selling the idea that to solve problems they must have more power instead of strengthening institutions and eliminating corruption.  We see governments attacking the …

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Ambassador Laura Dogu’s Remarks  at the AmCham 2022 Annual Meeting

During the last few weeks there has been a lot of news about the relationship between the United States and Honduras. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to clarify what the United States is working on. Our focus is on building prosperity, improving security, and strengthening democracy to benefit both countries. With international companies …

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Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Remarks on “An Inclusive Democracy: Participation of Marginalized Groups in Honduras”

We are all the same.  It is a principle that I truly believe in my heart.  No one should feel more than another person and no one should be seen as less under any circumstances.  Unfortunately, this is not a reality.  We live in a world where we doubt someone’s ability just because they have …

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Remarks from Ambassador Laura F. Dogu on Human Smuggling Regional Meeting

Murder, rape, kidnapping, extortion, robbery, forced prostitution, human trafficking. Distinguished prosecutors and law enforcement officers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama and colleagues from the United States Department of Justice, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security. These are some of the crimes that you prevent with your …

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Remarks from Ambassador Laura F. Dogu on Launch of the USAID and Heifer International Dairy Sector Partnership

One of the things I like most about Honduras is its food. I love the warm tortillas with cheese, the baleadas with butter and grated cheese, and the sweet plantains with cream. Well, so many things that I’d better stop because it’s going to make us all hungry here! As we can see, dairy products …

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Remarks Ambassador Laura F. Dogu at AmCham 40th Anniversary Reception

Thanks Claudia. Goodnight everyone. 1982 was an incredible year. Singer Michael Jackson released his album “Thriller.” That record made Michael a superstar and has sold 70 million copies worldwide. In the same year, AT&T’s monopoly breakup was ordered. The famous movie “E.T.” debuted in theaters. And in 1982 AmCham started with 19 affiliated companies. Today, …

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Remarks from Ambassador Laura F. Dogu at OP HEART Closing Ceremony

We learned about the case of an elderly woman with a hip fracture, without relatives and without financial resources to buy a plate to repair her hip bone. The HEART team purchased a plate, through U.S. Southern Command Overseas Humanitarian and Civic Aid funds, and HEART orthopedic surgeons along with a Honduran orthopedic doctor were …

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Ambassador Laura F. Dogu’s Remarks on Human Rights Initiative Workshop

An Armed Forces mission that does not protect people’s human rights is not a successful mission. The Honduran Armed Forces understand this because between 1995 and 1997, they helped develop the Human Rights Initiative Consensus document. Mr. Minister of Defense, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales; Minister of Human Rights, Natalie Roque Sandoval; Chief of the Hoduran …

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Ambassador Laura F. Dogu’s Remarks at the Launch of “Atención y Prevención Innovadora de la Migración Irregular en Países del Triángulo Norte”

We want to avoid another tragedy like the one that occurred in San Antonio, Texas when some Hondurans searching for the American dream found a nightmare. We don’t want more deaths! And that is why, we are committed to supporting initiatives that offer Hondurans opportunities for development in their country. This is crucial so that …

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Ambassador Laura F. Dogu’s Remarks at the World Trafficking in Person’s Awareness Day Commemoration

I want to share the story of 3 young Honduran women, single mothers, unemployed, with family problems from the city of Amapala. They were victims of a false job offer by a Honduran, who offered them a job cleaning houses and in a restaurant. However, when they showed up to work, the individual kidnapped them …

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Remarks from A/DCM Janina Jaruzelski on Donation of COVID-19 Vaccines and Vials

Welcome to Minister of Health Matheu, Vice Chancellor Rodríguez, Director of the EPI, Dr. Guevara, Dr. Perela PAHO Official, UNICEF Representative, Mark Connoly, and friends! I don’t know about you, but I know of many people who have recently tested positive for COVID-19. We are in the midst of another big wave of COVID. As …

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Remarks from Ambassador Laura F. Dogu for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Kick-off Event

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is already accepting applications for the next edition. We are growing and women entrepreneurs in the communities of La Esperanza, Santa Barbara, Tocoa, and Roatán can now participate for the first time. And we are opening the program again in San Pedro Sula, Santa Rosa de Copán, Siguatepeque, Juticalpa, Choluteca, …

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Remarks from Ambassador Laura F. Dogu on the 246th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

Welcome to our Fourth of July celebration. This year, we commemorate the 246th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. I arrived in this beautiful country only three months ago, and in this short time I have learned and experienced many things in Honduras. Thanks to everyone who has recommended places to …

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 Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Remarks for  LASPAU “Teaching in Virtual Environments” Grant Closing Ceremony

Buenas tardes!  I am Laura Dogu, the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras. Today I come to congratulate you for having completed the Laspau certification in “University Teaching in Virtual Environments.” We hope the training has met your expectations. We thank the Laspau team for designing and coordinating the program.   Through this program, the United States invested more than 4.2 …

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Remarks for Ambassador Laura F. Dogu at Discovery School Graduation Ceremony 

Happy graduation day, Discovery School Seniors! I am Laura Dogu, the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras. Thank you for the opportunity to join your celebration. Congratulations on achieving this milestone! Despite the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic, you pushed through. Your hard work has paid off, and your future is bright. You have studied hard …

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Ambassador Laura F. Dogu’s Remarks for the HIV Clinic Donation Ceremony at the Hospital Salvador Paredes in Trujillo, Colón

June 1, 2022 Minister of Defense José Manuel Zelaya, Mayor of Trujillo Héctor Mendoza, representatives of the community and special guests, A very good day to you all. It is a pleasure to be here to show our support to the Honduran people and strengthen the ties between our countries. Although this is my first …

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Remarks Ambassador Laura F. Dogu for Reception for the completion of First Major Phase of Construction of the New Facilities of the U.S. Embassy

Friday May 27, 2022 Your excellency, Mr. Chancellor Enrique Reina, Ministers, Diplomatic Corps and special guests, Good afternoon. Thank you to everyone who accepted our invitation to commemorate the completion of a major phase of the construction of the new facilities of the U.S. Embassy. We are here to celebrate an important moment in the …

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Remarks Ambassador Laura F. Dogu On American School of Tegucigalpa Graduation

May 26, 2022 Good evening American School of Tegucigalpa! I’m Laura Dogu, the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras. Thank you for the opportunity to join your celebration. I wish I could be with you in person, but I am happy to join you virtually. Congratulations on completing high school! That alone is no easy feat, but you achieved …

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Remarks for Ambassador Dogu  BCIU Virtual Town Hall

Thank you Peter, for the warm introduction.   Ambassador Popp, Chargé d’Affaires O’Brien and BCIU members.   Good afternoon to all.   My colleagues and I appreciate the opportunity to speak with BCIU members about this important region.  In particular, I appreciate the opportunity to speak about the challenges and opportunities in Honduras. I have only been in Honduras for a few …

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Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf’s Opening Remarks at the Regional Security Conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Well, good morning, and it’s certainly a pleasure to be here for the 12th Regional Security Conference. I’d like to extend a special gratitude to Secretary of Security Pacheco and the Government of Honduras for your warm welcome back to the country and for hosting this important conference. Thank you. Mr. Minister, your Government has …

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Remarks by Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Central American Security Conference

Good morning, and welcome! President Hernandez, Minister Diaz, General Ponce, Sergeant Major Molina: thank you for your leadership in hosting the 14th Central American Security Conference and the second regional conference for our Senior Enlisted Leaders. I’d also like to thank our moderators for helping us navigate the challenging topics ahead of us. We’ve got …

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Closing Statement by DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen at V Meeting of Security Ministers of the Northern Triangle

Thank you again to everyone for joining us today. I’d like to again thank President Hernández and Minister Pacheco for graciously hosting us. I’d also like to thank my friends and colleagues, the Security Ministers of the Northern Triangle. Thank you again for your commitment to combat this serious humanitarian and security crisis facing our …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen at Meeting with Northern Triangle Governments

Buenos días y muchas gracias. It is a pleasure to be here with you today, and I’d like to thank first President Hernández for his hospitality, for hosting this historic meeting, and for his continued leadership and partnership throughout the region. I look forward to a very productive and collaborative discussion today and, most importantly, …

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Opening Remarks by Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Henry Jardine at Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Embassy

President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Mayor Nasry “Tito” Asfura, Chargé d’Affaires Fulton, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen. I am honored to be here on behalf of U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and would like to thank you for joining us for this wonderful groundbreaking ceremony here in Tegucigalpa. This project started with …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President   THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary, thank you for your hospitality this morning and for the outstanding leadership that you have brought to your role as Secretary of State for the United States of America. To President Hernandez, to President Morales, Vice President Ortiz, Mr. Secretary, to Secretary …

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Remarks on Middle East Peace by Secretary of State John Kerry

The Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC December 28, 2016 Excerpts This is an issue which, all of you know, I have worked on intensively during my time as Secretary of State for one simple reason: because the two state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Nealon at a Ceremony to Recognize Tegu as a Finalist for the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

As Prepared for Delivery Mr. Chris Haughey, Chief Executive Officer of Tegu, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen. The U.S. Department of State has selected Tegu as one of four finalists worldwide for the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence for small and medium-sized companies. My country is very proud of the contributions …

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Remarks by Ambassador James D. Nealon at a Reception in Celebration of African American History Month

As Prepared for Delivery Good evening, and welcome. It’s a pleasure to welcome everyone here tonight. In the United States, February is Black History Month. Each year we set aside this month to honor the accomplishments of African Americans in every aspect of American society. I want to thank the Trio Experimental Lalo Rojas for …

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary Blinken on Election of the New Secretary General of the Organization of American States

Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. Let me also thank you and President Perez Molina for the generous hospitality in Guatemala shown to Vice President Biden during his recent trip there. He spoke very highly of his visit and the energy and determination that he senses in the Northern Triangle of Central America. I also …

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Remarks by Vice President Biden at a Plenary with Central American Leaders

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release National Palace of Culture Guatemala City, Guatemala THE VICE PRESIDENT: President Molina, thank you for once again hosting us all. And to all the Presidents –I’ve never been with so many Presidents at one time– to all the Presidents, including the president of the …

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Remarks by the Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Scott Nathan at the Conference for the Alliance on Prosperity

Tela, Atlantida, Honduras As Delivered Thank you very much. I am delighted to be here today to represent the Government of the United States. I want to begin by recognizing President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras; thank you for inviting me to be here today not only to participate in this important event but also …

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Ambassador Nealon’s Remarks at the Intellectual Property Rights Conference

San Pedro Sula, Cortés It is a pleasure and a privilege to be here to kick-off such an important and useful intellectual property rights event. It is impressive to see such a diverse array of participants from the public and private sectors, including a number of prominent U.S. companies. This speaks to relevance of this …

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Ambassador Nealon’s Remarks at the Launch of the Campaign “Honduras for Human Rights” in Commemoration of International Human Rights

As Prepared for Delivery Today we celebrate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrined the principle that the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” In principle, the concept that all human beings are born free …

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