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Energy and Climate Forum

Secretary Kerry will open the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate hosted at the State Department on April 19-20.

Rising Tensions in Burundi

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 17): "The U.S. is deeply concerned by the rising tensions in Burundi in advance of general elections beginning in May that ... have led over 8,000 Burundians to flee to neighboring countries."

U.S. Condemns Erbil Attack

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 17): "The U.S. condemns the attack in Erbil today in which a vehicle-born improvised explosive device detonated outside the U.S. Consulate and took a number of innocent lives."

Attacks Against the Colombian Military

Acting Spokesperson Harf: "The U.S. offers condolences to the families of the eleven Colombian soldiers killed and the 20 soldiers wounded in Cauca on April 15."

Coordinator Phillips Travels to India

Bureau of International Information Programs Coordinator Macon Phillips travels to India April 20 - 30.

U.S. National Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

With the theme "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet," the U.S. National Pavilion will host millions of visitors during the May 1 - October 31 world's fair. DipNote

Secretary Kerry Travels to Iqaluit

Acting Spokesperson Harf: "Secretary Kerry will travel to Iqaluit, Canada, on April 24 to attend the biennial Arctic Council Ministerial."

Under Secretary Sherman's Travel

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will travel during the week of April 20 to Vienna, Austria for discussions in the context of the EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Washington Conference on the Americas

On April 21, Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks at the 45th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas.

Daily Press Briefing: Counterterrorism

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 17): "Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General John Allen, is in Singapore to deliver keynote remarks at the East Asia Summit symposium on countering violent extremism."

Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

Apr. 15: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to the State Department to brief senior diplomatic representatives from among the 62 members of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

G-7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 15): "We're very, very privileged to be here with the G7, which has a critical voice right now on the major challenges that we face – ISIS, Yemen, the Middle East, Syria, Ukraine, Libya."

U.S-India Economic Relationship

Under Secretary Novelli (Apr. 15): "I would like to focus today on the future, and how the United States and India can strengthen both of our economies by seizing on the unrealized potential in our economic relationship."

Reduce Consumption and Production of HFCs

Apr. 15: The North American proposal calls on all countries to take action to reduce their consumption and production of HFCs. If adopted, the amendment could yield benefits through 2050 of over 90 gigatons of carbon dioxide-equivalent reductions.

Daily Press Briefing: Bangladesh

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 16): "We have encouraged the Government of Bangladesh and the elections commission to protect citizens' rights to free expression and association during the campaign, again, to ensure free, fair election on polling day.

Cuba

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 14): "The State Department submitted a report to the White House recommending, based on the facts and the statutory standard, that President Obama rescind Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism."

U.S.-Japan Partnership

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 14): "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II – a time to reflect on the remarkable story of two former adversaries who have become the closest of allies and friends."

U.S.-EU Information Society Dialogue

Apr. 14: The United States and the European Union held the thirteenth U.S.-EU Information Society Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss issues related to information and communication technology (ICT) and the digital economy.

Volume on Assassination of President Lincoln

Apr. 14: This volume was not produced to tell the story of U.S. foreign policy. Instead, it embodied the grief and shattered hopes expressed upon learning of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Terrorist Designation of Ali Ouni Harzi

Apr. 14: The Department of State has designated Ali Ouni Harzi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

Daily Press Briefing: Libya

Acting Deputy Spokesperson Rathke (Apr. 15): "We welcome the convening today of the next round of UN-led Libyan political dialogue talks in Morocco."

U.S. Statement to the UN Crime Congress

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Arreaga (Apr. 13): "It is clear that there can be no prosperity without security, and that there can be no security without effective, transparent, and responsive governance under the rule of law."

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Apr. 14: The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has enjoyed tremendous successes over the 45 years since its entry into force. The NPT is the most widely adhered to nuclear treaty in history.

U.S.-Japan Town Hall

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will lead a Town Hall discussion on the U.S.-Japan relationship today at noon in the Dean Acheson Auditorium in the Harry S Truman Building. Watch Live

Daily Press Briefing: Nigeria

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 14): "We have supported Nigerian efforts to bring about the safe recovery of those who've been kidnapped, certainly not just the girls but others as well."

U.S.-China Coordination Meeting on Disability

The U.S.-China Coordination Meeting on Disability will take place in Washington, DC, April 14-15, 2015.

Secretary Kerry's Travel

Acting Spokesperson Harf: "Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Lubeck, Germany, from April 14 to 15 to attend the 2015 G-7 Foreign Ministers' meeting."

Daily Press Briefing: Bangladesh

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 13): "We still believe that further improvements to the ICT process could ensure that these kinds of proceedings meet domestic and international obligations."

Agreement With Iran

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 12): "But when it came time to implement the agreement, the agreement that was implemented was the agreement that we had articulated and it was the agreement that has been kept." CBS Interview NBC Interview

Joint Statement on Libya

Apr. 12: The growing threat of terrorism in Libya is of grave concern to the international community. Extremists use the lack of order to their advantage, causing further suffering and bloodshed both inside and outside Libya.


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