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Press Releases: On Taliban Announcement of Spring Offensive

25 Apr 18:37 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 25, 2018 We have seen the Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive. The announcement affirms the Taliban’s responsibility for the insecurity that destroys the lives of thousands of Afghans each year. President Ghani recently extended an historic invitation for the Taliban to join a peace process, and there is no justification for the announcemeread more »

Press Releases: U.S. Department of State Concludes $30 Million Settlement of Alleged Export Violations by FLIR Systems, Inc.

25 Apr 16:37 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 25, 2018 The Department of State has concluded an administrative settlement with FLIR Systems, Inc. of Wilsonville, Oregon, to resolve alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C. § 2751 et seq., and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130. The Department of State and FLIR have reached this settlement following an extensive compliance review by the Office of Dread more »

Press Releases: U.S. Department of State Debars 168 Persons for Violating or Conspiring To Violate the Arms Export Control Act

25 Apr 13:46 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 25, 2018 On April 25, 2018, the U.S. Department of State published a Federal Register notice of 168 persons and entities who have been statutorily debarred for convictions of violating, or conspiring to violate, the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751, et seq.). This action, as required by section 127.7(b) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR parts 120-130), highlights the Department’sread more »

Press Releases: Acting Secretary Sullivan Travel to Brussels

25 Apr 10:12 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 25, 2018 Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Brussels, Belgium from April 26-27, to lead the U.S. delegation to the NATO Foreign Ministerial. The Acting Secretary will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and join NATO Allies to discuss preparations for the NATO Summit that Heads of State and Government will attend in July.read more »

S.447

25 Apr 05:34 | US Politics and Govt

Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017 (04/24/2018 legislative day)read more »

H.R.4681

25 Apr 05:34 | US Politics and Govt

No Assistance for Assad Act (04/24/2018 legislative day)read more »

H.R.4744

25 Apr 05:34 | US Politics and Govt

Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act (04/24/2018 legislative day)read more »

H.Con.Res.111

25 Apr 05:34 | US Politics and Govt

Recognizing and supporting the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup competition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States. (04/24/2018 legislative day)read more »

H.Res.838

25 Apr 05:34 | US Politics and Govt

Honoring the life of First Lady Barbara Bush. (04/24/2018 legislative day)read more »

H.R.5086

25 Apr 05:34 | US Politics and Govt

Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2018 (04/24/2018 legislative day)read more »

Press Releases: Welcome Step Forward in Transnistria Peace Process in Moldova

24 Apr 21:40 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2018 The United States supports a comprehensive settlement of the Transnistria conflict, and we welcome this week’s agreement to allow vehicles from Transnistria to legally travel on roads outside of Moldova. This will bring real benefits to the lives of people on both sides of the Nistru River. We urge all sides to capitalize on this agreement and implement theread more »

Press Releases: The United States Urges Constructive Dialogue in Armenia

24 Apr 18:20 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2018 The coming days represent a historic moment for the people of Armenia and its elected leaders, as they embark on the process of forming a new government. We urge all sides to engage constructively, within the legal framework of the Armenian constitution, to ensure a peaceful transition of power that follows the rule of law. We look forward to working closely withread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at a State Luncheon in Honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Macron

24 Apr 17:13 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC April 24, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales Travel to France and Jordan

24 Apr 16:52 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2018 Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will be in Paris April 26-27, to lead the U.S. Department of State delegation at the Ministerial Conference to Combat the Financing of Terrorism. The Ministerial’s goals are to strengthen international understanding of terrorist financing networks, increase implementation of terrorist financing laws and regulations, build international cooperation, read more »

Press Releases: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Dedicates the New U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

24 Apr 15:38 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2018 As a display of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson and U.S. Consul General in Nuevo Laredo Phillip Linderman, along with local officials, dedicated the new U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico today. The new U.S. Consulate General provides a safe and secure platform for diplomacy and includes an office building, read more »

Press Releases: Fortune's Most Powerful Women To Mentor 16 Women From Around the World

24 Apr 14:46 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2018 Global women leaders from 13 countries arrived in the United States this week for the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. The 16 participants will spend a month engaging in skills trainings, panel discussions, networking events, and mentorships with executives from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community. This partnership leverages the expertise of American leaders in read more »

Press Releases: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan With Traveling Press

24 Apr 11:58 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing En Route to Washington, DC April 24, 2018 QUESTION: We’ll just ask you a couple questions, seriously. I don’t think – on the record, though? MS NAUERT: Have you seen the communique yet? QUESTION: I have not. MS NAUERT: Okay. So you haven’t -- QUESTION: I just got WiFi back. MS NAUERT: Got it. Okay. ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Oh, that’s the – I’m sorry, I was going to saread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement of the Second Public-Private Sector Roundtable Discussion on U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Third Country Infrastructure

23 Apr 20:47 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan. Begin Text: Today, the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of the cooperation under the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue led by Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, hosted the Second Public-Private Sector Roundtable Discussion onread more »

Press Releases: Press Availability in Toronto, Canada

23 Apr 16:51 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Toronto, Canada April 23, 2018 ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be here in Toronto for the G7 ministerial meeting. Toronto is a beautiful city (inaudible) and lovely weather, beautiful facilities here at the university. Very grateful for our hosts here. The Government of Canada and Foreign Minister Freeland has put together a terriread more »

Press Releases: Press Availability in Toronto, Canada

23 Apr 16:17 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Toronto, Canada April 23, 2018 ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be here in Toronto for the G7 ministerial meeting. Toronto is a beautiful city (inaudible) and lovely weather, beautiful facilities here at the university. Very grateful for our hosts here. The Government of Canada and Foreign Minister Freeland has put together a terriread more »

Press Releases: One-year Anniversary of the Tragic Death of U.S. Citizen Joseph Stone, Paramedic with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission

23 Apr 16:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 One year ago, Joseph Stone, a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (SMM), was killed when his vehicle struck a mine in eastern Ukraine, in territory controlled by Russia-led forces. Two of Mr. Stone’s colleagues were seriously injured in the same blast. The read more »

Press Releases: Ongoing U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the Rakhine State Crisis

23 Apr 15:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 Today, Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan announced $50 million in additional humanitarian assistance for vulnerable people fleeing the Rakhine State crisis. This brings the United States’ response to the crisis in Burma and Bangladesh to more than $163 million since August 2017, and total humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Burma to more than $255 million since the start of FY 2017. Tread more »

Trump's Re-Elect Figures Similar to Those of Obama, Clinton

23 Apr 14:06 | Business

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Trump's Re-Elect Figures Similar to Those of Obama, Clinton

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Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Palmieri To Deliver Keynote Speech at the Lake Roosevelt Forum

23 Apr 12:06 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco Palmieri will travel this week to Spokane, WA, where he will deliver the keynote address at the Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference on the importance of modernizing the Columbia River Treaty Regime. The speech will take place at The Historic Davenport Hotel on April 24, at 10:00 a.m. PST. During hiread more »

Press Releases: Paraguayan Presidential Elections

23 Apr 10:35 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 We congratulate Mario Abdo Benitez on his election as the next president of Paraguay, based on the results from the elections of April 22. We congratulate the Paraguayan people on their participation in a successful election, and on this demonstration of their commitment to democratic values. The strong bilateral relationship read more »

Press Releases: Acting Secretary Sullivan's Meeting With Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono

23 Apr 09:49 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono on April 23, on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Toronto, Canada to discuss issues of regional and global concern. During the meeting, Acting Secretary Sulread more »

Press Releases: Nicaragua: Travel Advisory Remains Level 3 - Reconsider Travel

23 Apr 09:45 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Nicaragua on April 23, 2018. The Department continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to Nicaragua. This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on April 21, 2018. The full text of the new Travel Advisory is as follows: Nicaragua – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider trread more »

Press Releases: Anzac Day

23 Apr 09:22 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 23, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to send my best wishes to the people of Australia and New Zealand this Anzac Day on April 25, 2018. On the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, we remember the selfless sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand armed forces on the shores of the Dardanelles. The heroic acread more »

Press Releases: Background Briefing Following the First Day of Meetings at the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Toronto

23 Apr 06:26 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Senior Administration Official Toronto, Canada April 22, 2018 SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The G7 ministers had a productive and useful exchange on a range of foreign policy priorities. For the United States, we emphasized three areas, specifically North Korea, Syria, and Russia. There was – on Russia, there was a, I would say, G7 unity on opposing Russia’s malign behavior, and the nations reviewed the steps that they have taken to counter the negative trends emerging from the Kremlin that threaten peace and security. On Syria, the ministers recalled that Russia is the guarantorread more »

Press Releases: Attack on Voter Registration Center in Kabul

22 Apr 18:08 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 22, 2018 On behalf of the U.S. government, I strongly condemn today’s suicide attack on a voter registration center in Kabul that killed approximately 60 people and wounded over 100 others. I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims who have suffered an immeasurable loss. This senseless violence targeting innocent civilians exercising their fundameread more »

Press Releases: Acting Secretary Sullivan's Meeting With U.K. Foreign Secretary Johnson

22 Apr 18:03 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on April 22, on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Toronto, Canada, where they discussed issues of bilateral, regional, and global concern, including Syria, Iran, and the DPRK. Acting Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Secretary Johnson agreed to continueread more »

Press Releases: Call for Calm in Nicaragua

22 Apr 14:34 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2018 The United States government regrets the loss of life and injuries suffered in Nicaragua during protests by its citizens. We condemn the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians who are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and assembly. The United States calls for a broad‎-based dialogue involving aread more »

Press Releases: Background Briefing Previewing Acting Secretary Sullivan's Trip to the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Toronto

22 Apr 13:00 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Senior Administration Official Toronto, Canada April 22, 2018 MODERATOR: [Senior Administration Official] has got a couple of minutes just to give you a little background today. QUESTION: Oh, terrific. Well, what’s on the agenda? SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: What’s on the agenda? Well, the G-7 always has an ambitious agenda, and a comprehensive global agenda. And a lot of the priority topics for us today include discussing the way forward in Syria, the – Iran’s malign activities in the region as well as Iran’s nuclear and missile program. We&rsquread more »

Press Releases: Acting Secretary Sullivan's Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin

21 Apr 22:08 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on April 21, on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Toronto, Canada. The Acting Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. He uread more »

Press Releases: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Yamamoto Travel to East Africa

21 Apr 12:09 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2018 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto will travel to Eritrea from April 22-24 for bilateral consultations with Eritrean government officials, to meet with the diplomatic community, and to visit the Embassy’s staff based in Asmara. He will then lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum April 24-25 in Djibouti, our annual dialogue on matters of political, ecoread more »

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21 Apr 06:11 | U.S. News

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Peter, it's tomorrow

21 Apr 06:10 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Briefing on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

20 Apr 16:04 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Michael G. Kozak Ambassador, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 20, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

20 Apr 15:13 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks John J. Sullivan    Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert    Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 20, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

20 Apr 14:56 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks John J. Sullivan    Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert    Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 20, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good aread more »

Press Releases: Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Highlights Centennial Celebration of U.S.-Czech Relations

20 Apr 14:31 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 20, 2018 American Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., will be traveling to the Czech Republic from April 21-25 as a State Department Sports Envoy, part of the Department’s effort to strengthen people-to-people ties as part of U.S. Embassy Prague’s year-long Centennial Celebration of U.S.-Czech relations. In partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Czech Baseball Aread more »

Press Releases: U.S. - Poland Science and Technology Agreement Signing Ceremony at Department of State

20 Apr 10:13 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 20, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will welcome Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin to the U.S. Department of State on Monday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. for the signing of the U.S.-Poland Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. The signing ceremony underscores our mutual commitment to advancing scientific research for thread more »

The High Five: put your hands together for this week's search trends

19 Apr 19:40 | Media

Every Friday, we look back at five trending topics in Search from that week, and then give ourselves a High Five for making it to the weekend. Today we’re putting our hands together for National High Five Day—so first, a few notable “high five” trends. Then on to our regularly scheduled programming.High Fives all aroundTurns out, searches for “high five” transcend all realms of culture: sports (“Why do NBA players high five after free throws?”) entertainment (“how to high five a Sim”), and pets (“How to teach a dog to high five”). As for virtual high fives, “Scrubs,” “Seinfeld” and Liz Lemon are high five famous—they’re the top trending “high five gifs.”A First Lady, first a motherWhen former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92, people remembered her role as matriarch, searching for “Barbara Bush children,” “Barbara Bush family,read more »

The High Five: put your hands together for this week's search trends

19 Apr 19:40 | US Politics and Govt

Every Friday, we look back at five trending topics in Search from that week, and then give ourselves a High Five for making it to the weekend. Today we’re putting our hands together for National High Five Day—so first, a few notable “high five” trends. Then on to our regularly scheduled programming.High Fives all aroundTurns out, searches for “high five” transcend all realms of culture: sports (“Why do NBA players high five after free throws?”) entertainment (“how to high five a Sim”), and pets (“How to teach a dog to high five”). As for virtual high fives, “Scrubs,” “Seinfeld” and Liz Lemon are high five famous—they’re the top trending “high five gifs.”A First Lady, first a motherWhen former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92, people remembered her role as matriarch, searching for “Barbara Bush children,” “Barbara Bush family,read more »

Press Releases: Acting Secretary Sullivan To Release the 2017 Human Rights Reports

19 Apr 19:28 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2018 Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan will deliver on-camera remarks on the release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Michael Kozak from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will take questions in the Briefing Room immediately following Acting Secretary Sullivan&read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Department of State and the Business Council for International Understanding to Co-host the U.S.-Japan Business Roundtable on Infrastructure Cooperation in Third Countries

19 Apr 18:49 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2018 On Monday, April 23, 2018 the U.S. Department of State and the Business Council for International Understanding will co-host a business roundtable, in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss opportunities for U.S.-Japan collaboration on infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the George C. Marshall Conference Center, at the Department of read more »

Press Releases: U.S.-Morocco Strategic Energy Working Group on Energy Cooperation

19 Apr 18:14 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2018 The U.S. Department of State hosted the second U.S.-Morocco Strategic Energy Working Group meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2018. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk and Director General Amina Benkhadra, National Bureau of Petroleum and Mines for Morocco, led the discussions. Officials from the Department of Commerce also participated alongread more »

Press Releases: Fifteenth Session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission Under the New START Treaty

19 Apr 16:25 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2018 The fifteenth session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission under the U.S.-Russia New START Treaty was held in Geneva on April 10-20. The U.S. and Russian delegations continued the discussion of practical issues related to the implementation of the Treaty. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Publiread more »

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Christopher A. Ford To Head U.S. Delegation of the NPT Preparatory Committee 2018 in Geneva

19 Apr 16:18 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford will head the U.S. delegation for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland from April 23-May 4, 2018. Acting Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Anita Friedt and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Ambassador Roread more »

Press Releases: Acting Secretary Sullivan's Meeting With UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths

19 Apr 16:08 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Acting Secretary John J. Sullivan met with UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Acting Secretary Sullivan thanked Special Envoy Griffiths for his work on the challenging conflict in Yemen and underscored U.S. support for efforts to restart talks among parties, including the framework for negread more »

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