Ambassador Blanchard’s Remarks on the upcoming U.S. Elections

November 2, 2020 On Tuesday, Americans will cast their votes not only for the President of the United States, but also for representatives in the U.S. Congress, as well as state government officials. People across America will closely follow local elections too – for their school board, sheriff, or mayor as such elections can have …

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U.S. Strengthens Collaboration with Slovenia on Cybersecurity with New Cyber Range

U.S. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard met with Defense Minister Matej Tonin to discuss progress made on Slovenia’s state-of-the-art Cyber Range, made possible by almost 12.7 million Euro in assistance provided by the U.S European Command through the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation. The regional Cyber Range is a virtual environment that will be used by the …

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Ambassador Blanchard Tries Some New Wheels at Drive-In Cinema in Ljubljana

Drive-In Cinema, a unique rejuvenation of a classic American cultural showcase, is making a comeback all over the world, thanks to the COVID pandemic. Patented in 1933 in New Jersey, the concept is nearly a century old, and represents what many consider to be the “golden age” of American cinema culture. Americans and Slovenians share …

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Ambassador Blanchard’s Remarks at the Moon Rock and Space Suit Exhibition Opening

AMBASSADOR BLANCHARD’S REMARKS Noordung Center, Vitanje September 2, 2020 Dober dan, vsem Minister Počivalšek, Mayor Vetrih, Director Kobold, I thank you all for hosting us today, and for the support you’ve shown, the work you’ve done, and the excitement we’ve shared in making this day possible. I also understand that members of the team that …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Remarks During His Visit to Slovenia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Press Avail with PM Janša of Slovenia August 13, 2020 Thank you, Prime Minister Janša. I want to thank Foreign Minister Logar, President Pahor, and other Slovenian leaders for making this trip possible and for so graciously hosting me and my team. I appreciate the work everyone put in to …

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A New Member of Ambassador Blanchard’s Family

Ambassador Blanchard was honored to become the honorary godmother to a gorgeous Lipizzaner foal named 909 Slavina XXXV, born this April in Lipica Stud Farm. Becoming a godmother is a special ceremony that is part of the Lipizzaner tradition. This ceremony constituted an important symbolic gesture highlighting the many shared values and cultural ties between the …

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Ambassador Blanchard at the Opening of 61st Jazz Ljubljana Festival

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard was pleased to attend the opening of the 61st Jazz Festival Ljubljana featuring an exhibition of jazz posters by Bosnian graphic designer Ajna Zlatar. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the artist was unable to join he exhibit, but greeted everyone virtually. The U.S. Embassy is happy to support this Festival, and the …

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World Chicago Professional Fellows Happy Hour

Sponsored by the Department of State, WorldChicago launched the Tech Innovation, Education, and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program in May 2015. Since then, they have hosted over 100 emerging tech and entrepreneurship leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and North Macedonia for one-month fellowships in Chicago with leading tech-related companies in a variety of fields, government agencies, NGOs …

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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks for Mt. Mangart Ceremony

June 3, 2020 Last month, we gathered to mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War Two – the commemoration of the day when peace and hope finally returned to Europe, but also a time to reflect on the immense human toll the war had taken. Today we are here on Mount Mangart …

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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks for VE Day 75th Anniversary

8 May 20202  – Thank you to President Pahor for bringing us together to mark this important milestone in world history, and to my fellow ambassadors for being here to celebrate the solidarity that led us to victory in Europe. As we pay tribute to the brave forces who fought for our freedom, and remember …

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Ambassador Blanchard Amazed by the Rich Cultural Heritage of Slovenia

Culture is an integral and important part of the Slovenian national identity, and is celebrated every year on Presernov Dan, the Slovenian national cultural commemorating the anniversary of the death of the greatest Slovenian poet dr. France Preseren. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard appreciates Slovenian’s love of history and culture, and has been actively learning about this …

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Traditional Christmas Concert with a Ray Charles Twist

What are the holidays without music? Ambassador Lynda Blanchard was thrilled to attend the “Traditional Christmas Concert” in Cankarjev dom in December that featured acclaimed Slovenian music stars like Oto Pestner, Alenka Godec, The New Swing Quarter, Uroš Perić and many other. Uroš Perić joined forces with some iconic singers from the United States, The …

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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks at the Pivka Military Park, 25. November 2019

Good afternoon to all of you – Mayor Marentič, Mayor Smrdelj, General Žurman, General Glavaš. I’d like start by saying thank you to Association Kolut, Studio Proteus, and the makers of this film for capturing the story of such an important and compelling figure in modern history, and to our friends at the Park of …

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An inspirational visit to CIRIUS Kamnik – Video

  Ambassador Lynda Blanchard visited the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped Children and Adolescents (CIRIUS) in Kamnik, where she met with administrators, teachers, and students, and was inspired by the happy children and the incredible facilities and therapies available. Upon arrival, she was touched by the beautiful decorations prepared in honor of …

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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard Remarks at Women in STEM Roundtable

  Good afternoon and thank you so much for joining me for this very special event. I’d like to extend a special warm welcome to Dr. Binsted, who we’re very excited to host this week. She is such an incredibly accomplished scientist, and a fantastic ambassador for our country. And Dr. Stojmenova Duh (stoy-MEN-oh-vah dooh), …

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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard Remarks at CEED/World Chicago “Start. Fail. Scale.”

Good morning, and thank you all for inviting me to join you. I couldn’t be happier to be among so many committed entrepreneurs from around the region. Truth be told, I feel at home in the business community, and I appreciate the chance to share in the excitement today. A warm welcome to my American …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Lynda C. Blanchard aboard USS Porter

Koper, August 30, 2019 Good Morning. Thank you all for being here to help us welcome Commander Craig Trent and the entire crew of the USS Porter to Slovenia.  Having a U.S. destroyer docked in the Port of Koper is a powerful symbol of our enduring bilateral defense relationship, and of the contributions we make …

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U.S. Department of State turns 230

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the U.S. Department of State 230th Anniversary Celebration REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 29, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you all.  And good afternoon.  I hope everybody’s enjoying this birthday  celebration .  That was a stirring video, and I want to thank all of the former Secretaries for participating in it.  Each of …

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From Nomination to Ambassador

The President’s nominee as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, Ms. Lynda Blanchard, was voted “out of committee” on April 3. Her nomination was then pending before the entire U.S. Senate. What does this all mean? What comes next? Our Prezi explains the steps that an Ambassador-designate takes in their confirmation process before they can arrive in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2018

The Ambassador’s Residence, Ljubljana, June 28, 2018 President of the National Council Kovšca, Minister Židan, colleagues of the diplomatic corps, dragi gostje, dragi prijatelji, dober večer in dobrodošli.  Welcome to this celebration of the 242nd anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. I want to extend a special welcome to Major General Michael …

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4th of July Reception 2018

4th of July is the day when Americans celebrate the birth of their country.  It is tradition to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks – either at a large public display, or a smaller gathering with friends and family.  There may not have been fireworks at Ambassador Hartley’s the residence, but we’re glad everyone enjoyed the …

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Ambassador Hartley Hosts Religious Leaders to Celebrate Religious Freedom

On April 17, Ambassador Hartley hosted Monsignor Stanislav Zore, archbishop of Ljubljana, Dr. Nedžad Grabus, mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia, and Rabbi Ariel Haddad, chief rabbi of Slovenia, to discuss religious freedom and issues of concern to Slovenia’s Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish communities. Archbishop Zore, Mufti Grabus, and Rabbi Haddad said Slovenia’s …

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Ambassador Hartley Visits TPV Group

On March 19, Ambassador Brent Hartley met with TPV Group President Marko Gorjup, Board Chairman Vladimir Gregor Bahč, Deputy President Tomaž Savšek, and Business Unit Director Ignac Bakše to discuss the automotive industry supplier’s European operations and tour its facilities in Novo Mesto and Velika Loka.  With six plants and more than 1,200 employees, TPV …

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Ambassador Hartley Welcomes American Fulbrighters in Slovenia

Ambassador Hartley welcomed the entire group of American Fulbrighters in Slovenia—5 post-doctorate fellows and 2 students—into his home last week to discuss their research and teaching projects in Slovenia. All were very excited about their placement in Slovenia and had nothing but positive things to say about their hosts as well as time so far …

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Ambassador Hartley Visits the Community of Škofja Loka

On February 14, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the community of Škofja Loka, where he discussed community development and the local economy with Mayor Miha Ješe.  Afterward, the Ambassador  attended a Business Leaders Club luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the state of the economy with local business leaders and touted …

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Ambassador Hartley Presents SelectUSA Program to Business Leaders

On February 13, Ambassador Brent Hartley hosted more than 20 leaders from private sector Slovenian companies interested in exporting to or investing in the United States, as well as representatives from Slovenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SPIRIT Slovenia, and American Chamber of Commerce.  As Slovenia’s export-based economy grows, Ambassador …

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Ambassador Hartley Opens the Exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders”

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to join Piran Mayor Peter Bossman February 7 to open the exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders” at Aquarium in Piran. The exhibition showcases the remarkable photographic creations of University of Washington professor Adam Summers alongside the poetry of Sierra Nelson.

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Ambassador Hartley Visits Idrija

On February 6, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the western Slovenian community of Idrija, where he met with the management team of Kolektor Group, a multinational company headquartered in Slovenia with operations in more than 30 countries producing highly specialized mobility components and systems for the European, Asian, and North American automotive industries.  Kolektor’s subsidiaries are …

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Donation Supports Flood Forecasting and Warning System for the Sava River Basin

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to join Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Majcen February 2nd for a ceremony marking the U.S. donation of computer equipment for flood forecasting and warning in the Sava River basin.  The project supports the development of a regional flood warning system in the countries of the International Sava River Basin …

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American Music – Celebrating Global Icon Elvis Presley

A tribute to the music of Elvis Presley thrilled Ljubljana on what would have been his 83rd birthday. Ambassador Hartley joined a crowd of dedicated Elvis fans from Slovenia and the region for an evening of music from the TCB Band, Dennis Jale, and Sam’s Fever. TCB Band members formed the core rhythm section of …

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Ambassador Hartley Hosts guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF)

Ambassador Hartley hosted distinguished guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF), including Minister for Slovenians Abroad Gorazd Žmavc, on December 21 to celebrate the 2017 ASEF fellows.  ASEF was created in 2014 to build academic bridges between the U.S. and Slovenia by sending young Slovenian scholars to the U.S.  The 2017 class …

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Ambassador Hartley Hosts Christmas Party

In the spirit of the season, Ambassador Hartley hosted a festive Christmas gathering. The Ambassador was pleased to catch up with friends and colleagues and discuss what had happened in 2017 and what 2018 has in store. Everybody enjoyed the Christmas carols performed by Big band Grosuplje. Ambassador Hartley wished everyone much joy and happiness …

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100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Kobarid

Ambassador Hartley joined with other members of the Tolmin Alpine Club in a hike to Krnsko jezero on Saturday, November 11, to participate in a 100th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Kobarid, which shifted hostilities from the “Isonzo” front into Italy. Minister of Defense Katič was the guest of honor at the lake-side event …

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Harvard University Alumni

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to invite Slovenian alumni of Harvard University into his residence for a reception in their honor. This wide-ranging group of distinguished guests included Harvard undergraduate, graduate and PhD recipients, Harvard Business School attendees, Fulbright and Ron Brown program participants, and American-Slovenian Education Fellows (ASEF).

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Ambassador Hartley’s Remarks at the Conference on Cyber Security

Introductory Remarks, Conference on Cyber Security, Institute Jozef Stefan, November 8, 2017 Dober dan.  Hvala vam za povabilo. I’m incredibly pleased that the U.S. Embassy could help support today’s event in partnership with SI-CERT and the Jozef Stefan Institute. We welcome our developing bilateral cooperation on cyber issues and I only expect this to continue to grow as …

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Ambassador Hartley Visits University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law

Ambassador Hartley and Consular Chief Amy Lorenzen met with students from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law on November 2. The wide-ranging discussion covered topics ranging from international and consular law to the functions of a diplomatic mission and the role of a diplomat.  Thanks to the Faculty of Law for initiating the visit …

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Ambassador Hartley meets The Queen of Swing

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to welcome the legendary Norma Miller, known to many as The Queen of Swing, to Slovenia in early October.  Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller …

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Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the World War II

Ambassador Hartley gives remarks at the opening of the exhibition “Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the Second World War” on October 1. The exhibition is located in near the village of Otok in the Municipality of Metlika.  It tells the story of this region and its people during …

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Ambassador Hartley Speaks on the Future of U.S.-Europe Relations

Ambassador Hartley spoke to the members of the Slovenian International Relations Association (SDMO) on September 26, 2017 about the future of U.S.-Europe relations.  He noted that the transatlantic relationship has laid the foundation for unprecedented freedom, stability, and prosperity in much of the world and that Europe has been and will remain our indispensable partner …

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Ambassador Hartley hands out award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers

Ambassador Hartley was happy to award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and the Great American International Wine Competition. Slovenian wine makers won an impressive 85 medals (four double-gold, 23 gold, 40 silver and 16 bronze) at the two American competitions. After medals were handed out, Ambassador Hartley had …

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Temporary Border: Life and Longing in Zone A

Ambassador Hartley and Chief of the Office for Defense Cooperation Steve Pena attended the opening of the exhibition entitled “Temporary Border: Life and Longing in Zone A (1945- 1947).” The exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the western Slovenian border and is devoted to an outline of existential relations in the area …

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The 6th Annual Summer Economics Institute (SEI)

The 6th Annual Summer Economics Institute (SEI) 2017 held its Final Event on August 30, 2017 at the NLB Center za inovativno podjetništvo (CIP) for the 19 Slovenian university students who took part this year. Ambassador Brent R. Hartley and AmCham Slovenia Executive Director Ajsa Vodnik spoke about this innovative program, which is jointly organized …

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Ambassador Hartley makes cheese

Ambassador Hartley had a terrific time learning “hands on” about alpine dairies and cheese-making.  Recently hosted by the Lipušček-Miklavič family at Planina Medrje, he helped to milk the cows – including mucking out the milking house afterward — and to make Tolminc cheese and skuta.  Learning traditional dairying methods in such a spectacular natural setting …

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Ambassador Hartley Visits Gorenjska

Ambassador Hartley and other US Embassy staff visited international company Atotech, producer of specialty chemicals. Director Mariana Karla Rebernik explained the history of the company and showed how their products are made.  Mayor of Radovljica, Ciril Globočnik joined the meeting and explained future projects of Radovljica municipality.  Ambassador also visited a Slovenian company Euro Plus …

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Ambassador Hartley Meets American Actor John Malkovich

Ambassador Hartley spent a pleasant evening attending a sold-out concert by Italian chamber orchestra Solisti Aquilani. The second part of the evening, American superstar John Malkovich joined the program,interpreting excerpts from Ernesto Sabato’s novel “On Heroes and Tombs.” John Malkovich is a versatile actor who performed in over 70 movies and is a two-time Academy Award nominee. Photos Courtesy of Sašo …

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Ambassador Hartley meets Archie Shepp

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to attend the concert by legendary jazz musician Archie Shepp, who performed last Friday night as part of the 58th Ljubljana Jazz Festival. The concert was a tribute to the fabulous jazz performer John Coltrane, who Shepp worked with in 1965 on Coltrane’s legendary free-jazz album Ascension.  Shepp performed in Ljubljana …

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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2017

Festivalna dvorana, Ljubljana, June 29, 2017 Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, good evening, and welcome to this celebration tonight of the 241st anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. The drafters of our Declaration of Independence wrote of self-evident truths:  “that all men are created equal,” and that they are endowed “with certain unalienable …

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Ambassador Hartley Visits Slovenian Manufacturer, Elan

Ambassador Hartley had a very enjoyable visit to Slovenian manufacturer Elan, best known for its ski, marine, and wind products.  During the visit, the Ambassador had the great opportunity to examine Elan’s large range of skis, including its latest technical breakthrough – a foldable ski suitable for military and civilian uses.  

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Ambassador Hartley’s Remarks at the Ceremony at Žužemberk

March 11, 2017  Madam Minister, Ambassador Kacin, Mr. Mayor, Generals, other distinguished guests, it is an honor and privilege to join you today in Žužemberk.  Hvala vam za povabilo. Today we celebrate and remember the remarkable story of the B-17 “Je Reviens,” its crewmembers, and the partisans who saved those crewmembers’ lives by escorting them …

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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 06, 2017 PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and …

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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2016

Castle Fužine, June 30, 2016 Spoštovane dame in gospodje, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. Dober večer, in hvala, da ste danes z nami. Thank you very much for coming this evening. It has been my great honor to represent the United States in Slovenia and a particular honor this year as the Slovenian people celebrate …

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President Donald J. Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

The White House Office of the Press Secretary February 28, 2017 Remarks as prepared for delivery Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path …

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President Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley on Election Night 2016

November 8, 2016 Good Evening and thank you to our colleagues at the American Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to welcome you to tonight’s event. It’s a pleasure in so many ways to work with AmCham Slovenia: to promote increased trade, investment, and business cooperation between the United States and Slovenia, to campaign for …

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