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State Dept - Highlights 

Championing Gender Equality

Ambassador Dunn (Jan. 28): "In this pivotal year, we look forward to continuing our productive relationship with UNFPA to champion gender equality and the rights of women and girls everywhere."

Equipping Ebola Fighters

Jan. 28: Read about the team of experts with USAID, the U.S. military, and the UN World Food Program who have been working to transport, track, and deliver critical medical supplies for the Ebola response in West Africa. Impact

Equatorial Guinea: Arrests and Detentions

Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 28): "Equatorial Guinea must respect the right to freedom of expression for all of its citizens, including members of opposition political parties."

U.S. Condemns Hezbollah Attack

Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 28): "We support Israel's legitimate right to self-defense and continue to urge all parties to respect the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon. We urge all parties to refrain from any action that could escalate the situation.

Travel to Boston

On January 30-31, Secretary Kerry will host his counterparts from Canada and Mexico for the North American Ministerial in Boston, Massachusetts.

Trilateral Meeting on North Korea

Special Representative Kim (Jan. 28): "North Korea needs to demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization in a concrete manner before we can resume any serious negotiations."

Attack in Libya

Jan. 28: The governments of France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn yesterday's attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya. Joint Statement

Daily Press Briefing: Russia

Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 28): "We are deeply concerned by reports that Ukrainian parliamentarian and former military pilot Nadiya Savchenko is gravely ill due to her continued detention by Russia."

Central African Republic

Jan. 27: The U.S. welcomes the launch of grassroots consultations in the C.A.R., and supports a national dialogue and democratic political transition process.

The President's Trade Agenda

Ambassador Froman (Jan. 27): "We're working harder than ever to bring home trade agreements that will unlock opportunities by eliminating barriers to U.S. exports, trade, and investment while raising labor, environment, and other important standards across the board.

Iran's Nuclear Program

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Jan. 27): "We have been unified in pursuing a comprehensive solution that lays these concerns to rest, consistent with the President's firm commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."

The Transatlantic Alliance

Assistant Secretary Nuland (Jan. 27): "The trials we've been through over the past year have left us stronger, more resolved, and better equipped to defend and expand the community of values that defines us."

Holocaust Remembrance

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 27): "We bow our heads in remembrance of the six million Jews and the millions more murdered by the Nazis – including Poles, Roma, LGBT people, persons with disabilities." DipNote

Address to the People of India

President Obama (Jan. 27): "My visit reflects the possibilities of a new moment. ... My commitment to a new chapter between our countries flows from the deep friendship between our people."

The U.S. and Cambodia

Assistant Secretary Russel (Jan. 27): "The rebalance to Asia also supports Cambodia regionally through our upgraded relations with the entire region, particularly with ASEAN."

Daily Press Briefing: Saudi Arabia

Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 27): "Those are some of the issues ... that we work closely with Saudi Arabia on. It doesn't mean that we don't express concerns about issues like human rights when we have them."

Caribbean Energy Security Summit

Vice President Biden (Jan. 26): "When it comes to energy, we're living in a new moment –- not just in the Caribbean, but worldwide. ... It's up to us to seize this moment and seize it together because a great deal has changed. Summit Page DipNote

Russia and Ukraine

Ambassador Power (Jan. 26): "The only solution to this situation is a political solution, not a military solution. ... Only if Russia takes these steps will there be a chance for the political solution that is so desperately needed."

Holocaust Remembrance

President Obama (Jan. 27): "This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made confronting this terrible chapter in human history and on our continuing efforts to end genocide." DipNote

Compromise Electoral Law Adopted in D.R.C.

Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 25): "The U.S. welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's approval of electoral legislation that sets the country on course towards timely elections in line with its Constitution."

Elections in Nigeria

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 25): "It's absolutely critical that these elections be conducted peacefully, that they are credible, transparent, accountable, so that the people of Nigeria can have faith and the world can have faith in the government that flows from it.

Zambia Presidential By-Elections

Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 25): "The U.S. congratulates the people of Zambia for conducting another democratic election."

Caribbean Energy Security Summit

Jan. 26: The Summit highlighted ongoing efforts under the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, including support for improved governance, enhanced access to finance, and increased donor coordination. Fact Sheet Summit Page DipNote

Murder of Haruna Yukawa

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 24): "The U.S. strongly condemns ISIL's despicable murder of an innocent Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa."

South Sudan Peace Negotiations

Jan. 23: The members of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway are gravely concerned with the continued lack of progress in the South Sudan peace negotiations.

The U.S. and India

President Obama (Jan. 26): "We're advancing the vision that I laid out on my last visit -- India and the United States as true global partners. And a core element of this vision is greater trade, investment and economic partnership."

U.S. Engagement in the Asia-Pacific

Assistant Secretary Russel (Jan. 26): "The United States is also a Pacific nation. We are a resident Pacific power, and our prosperity and our security is closely linked -- inextricably linked -- with that of Asia."

Attacks in Ukraine

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 24): "I join my European counterparts in condemning in the strongest terms today's horrific assault by Russia-backed separatists on civilian neighborhoods in Mariupol."

World Economic Forum

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 23): "Let me be clear: There are no grounds ... that will ever justify the murder of children, the kidnapping and the rape of teenage girls, or the slaughter of unarmed civilians."

Daily Press Briefing: Secretary Kerry's Travel

Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 23): "The Secretary will travel to Lagos, Nigeria ... to emphasize the importance of ensuring the upcoming elections are peaceful, nonviolent, and credible."


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