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State Dept - Highlights 

Press Availability Following 4th Round of U.S.-Cuba Talks

Assistant Secretary Jacobson (May 22): "These are the first steps in the long process of normalization that will allow us to better represent U.S. interests and increase engagement with the Cuban people."

Eastern Partnership Summit

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (May 22): "We are committed to supporting further initiatives that promote democracy and good governance, strengthen energy security, fight corruption, and support economic and social development in Eastern Partnership countries.

Ambassador Sung Kim's Travel

May 22: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Sung Kim will travel to Seoul, the Republic of Korea and Beijing, China, May 25–29, for meetings with senior officials on North Korea policy.

Daily Press Briefing: Syria

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (May 22): "Our position certainly hasn't changed, that there is no future for Bashar al-Assad. He has lost all legitimacy to lead. And the Russians have agreed to the Geneva communique framework for a political transition."

U.S. Passport Information Available in Spanish

May 21: Spanish language information regarding the application for a United States passport is now available via a direct link from the Bureau of Consular Affairs' website: www.Travel.State.Gov/Pasaporte.

Launch of Impact Economy Forum

May 21: Secretary Kerry today announced he will convene a global Impact Economy Forum, focused on clean energy investments and climate change, this fall.

Taiwan: A Vital Partner in East Asia

Deputy Assistant Secretary Thornton (May 21): "We're proud of what Taiwan has accomplished and proud of the role that the United States has played in Taiwan's success."

Towards a New Global Education Agenda

May 21: Education takes center stage on the global policy agenda this week as a diverse group of education leaders from around the world gather for the World Education Forum in South Korea. DipNote

U.S.-Indonesia Partnership

Deputy Secretary Blinken (May 20): "Emblematic of our own rebalance to Asia, our partnership with Indonesia represents the deepening of economic, security, and cultural ties between the United States and Southeast Asia."

Escalating Violence in South Sudan

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (May 20): "The human, social, and economic costs of this war have been devastating and the long-suffering people of South Sudan will also bear the brunt of the potential long-term consequences of this escalating fighting."

Reception for the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

Secretary Kerry (May 21): "Our priorities include Arctic Ocean safety, security, and stewardship. It includes improved economic conditions for the living conditions of folks in the Arctic communities, and that is a critical concern."

Daily Press Briefing: Israel

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (May 21): "Both the United States and Israel support the creation of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. We're closely working with our Israeli partners to advance our mutual interests, including preserving the NPT."

U.S.-Cuba Talks

On Friday, May 22, the heads of delegations will hold sequential press availabilities -- first Cuba, then the United States -- at approximately 11:00 a.m. EDT. Watch these events live at

U.S.-Cuba Talks

On May 21, the Department of State hosts the fourth round of talks to re-establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

U.S.-Tunisia Relationship

Secretary Kerry (May 20): "We look forward to working with you to grow this memorandum into a relationship that everybody will understand by virtue of what they see in Tunisia and what they see in the friendship between our countries."

Reception for the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

Secretary Kerry hosts a reception celebrating the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department. Watch live today at 6:15 p.m. EDT.

Under Secretary Sherman's Travel to Canada

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman travels to Ottawa, Canada, May 21 to lead the U.S. delegation to the sixth U.S.-Canada High-Level Policy Review Group.

Elections in Guyana

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (May 20): "The United States congratulates ‎the people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on holding successful elections on May 11. We look forward to working with newly-elected President David Granger and all those who were also elected to office.

Daily Press Briefing: Iran

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (May 20): "If we don't get the assurances we need on the access to possible military dimension-related sites or activities, that's going to be a problem for us, and we've said that."

Subnational Global Climate Leadership Memorandum of Understanding

Secretary Kerry (May 19): "I applaud the signatories of this memorandum of understanding, and encourage other leaders to join them in accelerating the world's response to climate change and providing a model for broader international cooperation on this issue.

Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus

Director Rathke (May 19): "The United States condemns today's mortar attack on the Russian Embassy compound in Damascus, a facility protected by international law."

Concerns About Burma's Health Care for Population Control Bill

Director Rathke (May 19): "The United States is deeply concerned about legislative passage of the Health Care for Population Control Bill in Burma, paving the way for it to be enacted into law."

Minsk Implementation

Assistant Secretary Nuland (May 18): "The United States' goal here, as I said in Kyiv, is to support the full implementation of Minsk."

The World Wants What America Makes

Secretary Kerry (May 19): "We can't just expect our economies to grow if all we do is buy and sell to ourselves. .... Trade supports jobs and it builds prosperity – period." Full Video

Daily Press Briefing: Burma

Director Rathke (May 19): "We urge the countries of the region to work together to save the lives of migrants at sea. ...We continue to urge governments to identify and address the root causes of the crisis."

Travel to Moscow

U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Daniel Rubinstein traveled to Moscow on May 18 to meet with a range of senior Russian counterparts.

Special Representative Stetson's Travel

Special Representative for Global Food Security Nancy Stetson travels to Milan, Italy, May 18-21.

Belarus Human Rights & Democracy Dialogue

On May 14, U.S. and Belarusian officials met in Washington to discuss human rights, civil society, and democracy.

Deportation of Crimean Tatars

Director Rathke (May 18): "Today, Crimean Tatars mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Government's forcible deportation of more than 230,000 Tatars from their homeland."

An Open and Secure Internet: We Must Have Both

Secretary Kerry (May 18): "It matters to all of us how the technology is used and how it's governed. That is precisely why the U.S. considers the promotion of an open and secure internet to be a key component of our foreign policy." DipNote News | Awards & Certificates | Promote Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Uninstall Info

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