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State Dept - Highlights 

Belarus and Human Rights

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 18): "It has been four years since the Belarusian Government launched a repressive crackdown on civil society, independent media, and the democratic opposition."

Nuclear Arms Control

Under Secretary Gottemoeller (Dec. 18): "As we push those nations to accept their own global and ethical responsibilities, the United States will maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear arsenal for the defense of our nation and our allies."

International Migrants Day

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 18): "The United States works bilaterally and multilaterally with the international community to make migration safer and the control of borders more humane." DipNote

Release of FRUS Volume

Dec. 18: The State Department has released Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume IX, Arab-Israeli Dispute, August 1978-December 1980.

Terrorist Designations

Dec. 18: The State Department has designated the Egyptian Ajnad Misr group, and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, an al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula senior leader, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order 13224.

Daily Press Briefing: Georgia

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 18): "The United States congratulates Georgia on the European parliament's ratification today of the EU-Georgia association agreement."

South Pacific: Weapons Destruction

Dec. 17: U.S. efforts reduce the humanitarian impact of abandoned World War II-era munitions caches across the region by funding survey and clearance operations as well as training missions.

Nuclear Disarmament

Special Representative Wood (Dec. 17): "There remains strong support among governments and publics for nuclear disarmament. ... The United States has led the international community in responsibly reducing nuclear arsenals."

Remarks at Holiday Reception

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 17): "I really am pleased to be able to say hello to the families of our Foreign Service Officers and other U.S. personnel who are on duty overseas during the holiday season. This is your reception."

U.S.-Angola Strategic Dialogue

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 17): "This is a moment of great opportunity for the U.S.-Angola partnership. ... We're making the right choices now, I think, on regional and global security, and the UN, and in our economic partnership."

Attack in Yemen

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 17): "The United States strongly condemns yesterday's bomb attack in Radaa, Yemen, which killed dozens, including at least 15 girls who were riding in their school bus."

Charting a New Course on Cuba

President Obama (Dec. 17): "Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. ... We will begin to normalize relations between our two countries." Fact Sheet Secretary's Statement

Head of USAID To Depart

Administrator Shah (Dec. 17): "It was with mixed emotions that I informed President Obama and Secretary Kerry that I will step down as Administrator in mid-February 2015." Secretary's Statement

Daily Press Briefing: EU and Hamas

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 17): "We will continue to work closely with the European Union on Hamas-related issues. We believe that the EU should maintain its terrorism sanctions on Hamas."

Seafood Sustainability

Dec. 16: The recommendations released today include input from various stakeholders and aim to level the playing field for legitimate fishermen, increase consumer confidence in the sustainability of seafood sold in the U.S., and ensure the vitality of marine fish stocks.

Attack on School in Peshawar

Dec. 16: The U.S. strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators, and stands in solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and all who fight the menace of terrorism. DipNote

Global Counterterrorism Forum

Dec. 16: The GCTF's primary objectives are to counter violent extremism and strengthen criminal justice and other rule of law institutions that deal with terrorism and related security challenges. Read 10 things you should know about it.

The U.S. and Northeast Asia

Assistant Secretary Russel (Dec. 16): "The major Northeast Asian powers and the U.S. need each other ... to jump start the global economy, preserve regional stability, enhance global security, and protect the global environment."

Elections in Haiti

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 16): "As Haiti's political leaders work to resolve the issue of delayed elections, the United States supports the right of the Haitian people to go to the polls to determine their future."

Press Availability in London

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 16): "A focus of these conversations has been our deep concern about the situation on the ground in Israel and in the West Bank and the mounting calls from the international community to pursue diplomatic measures to try to address it.

U.S.-Angola Strategic Dialogue

Dec. 17: Secretary Kerry and Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti will hold a joint press availability following their meeting. Watch it here at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST.

Charting a New Course on Cuba

Dec. 17: Today, President Obama delivered a statement on changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Excerpts of President's Remarks Fact Sheet Secretary's Statement A video and transcript will be posted when available.

Daily Press Briefing: Pakistan

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 16): "It was a cowardly attack against children who were in enclosed spaces within a school, unsuspecting and doing their schoolwork. We continue to work closely with the Government of Pakistan." DipNote

Delivering More Bang for Development Bucks

Dec. 15: Now more than ever, development professionals and policymakers ask a fundamental question: Is a project worth the investment? USAID uses cost-benefit analysis to help determine when and where to invest for maximum results. Impact

South Sudan's Leaders Need To Set Aside Their Dispute

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 15): "Violence that erupted in the capital city of Juba last December spread quickly. ... In a country that has so much potential and that has endured decades of conflict, the suffering and violence have had a devastating effect.

Arson Attack in Chechnya

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 15): "We are extremely concerned by reports of arson at the Grozny offices of the Joint Mobile Group and the threats directed against human rights defenders, including Igor Kalyapin, head of the Russian NGO Committee Against Torture.

Focusing on Gender-Sensitive Data

Dec. 15: At today's Data2X event in New York City, Deputy Secretary Higginbottom underscored the importance of gender-sensitive data for building an evidence base that will lead to more effective policy and development decisions.

State Department Power Outage

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 15): "This morning during construction at the 21st Street entrance, one of the power lines that serves the Main State building was accidentally severed. ... All emergency systems are fully operating under generator power."

Climate Change: A Test of Global Leadership

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 11): "Wherever we live, whatever our calling, whatever our personal background might be, this issue affects every human on the planet, and if any challenge requires global cooperation and effective diplomacy, this is it." DipNot

Daily Press Briefing: Haiti

Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 12): "The U.S. and, certainly, Counselor Shannon on his trip and Haiti Special Coordinator Tom Adams are certainly advocating strongly for dialogue and compromise among the parties that will lead to a Haitian solution to permit elections without further delay.


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