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Travel to Romania, Israel, and Turkey

Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose will travel to Romania, Israel, and Turkey, March 28-April 4, for consultations on space security, missile defense, and other bilateral and multilateral security topics.

Empowering the "NeXXt" Generation of Women Scientists

Mar. 28: NeXXt recruits and equips women in science through one-on-one mentoring with successful female scientists, professional development, and cross-cultural communication and leadership training. DipNote

U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Somalia

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Mar. 28): "We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent victims killed in the attack and our regrets to the many who were injured."

Solidarity March in Tunis

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 28): "On behalf of President Obama, I would like to express the United States' solidarity with the Tunisian people as they march tomorrow in Tunis in defiance of the shocking and grotesque terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum on March 18.

U.S. Policy in Central Asia

Mar. 27: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will give remarks on current priorities and future prospects for U.S. engagement in Central Asia at the Brookings Institution on Tuesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m.

UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

Mar. 27: The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the U.S. continues to work with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns.

Helping Nepal Develop New Sources of Energy

Mar. 27: It's a fact of life in Nepal that having access to power lines does not mean that you always have power ... about 24 percent of the population still has no access to electricity at all, whether on-grid or off-grid. DipNote

Retirement of Harry Reid

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 27): "Because of Harry Reid's time as Leader, more people in our country have good health care, the tax code's a little more fair, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military, and we're investing more than ever in clean energy.

Assistant Secretary Rivkin's Travel

Mar. 27: Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel to the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) and Japan March 29–April 8 to focus on trade and commercial advocacy and promote a free and open internet.

Daily Press Briefing: Nigeria

Acting Deputy Spokesperson Rathke (Mar. 27): "We commend President Jonathan and General Buhari for their renewed pledge against violence and welcome their signing of a second peace accord ahead of the election."

Travel to Nigeria

Mar. 26: Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield will lead our official diplomatic observation mission for the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections.

Daily Press Briefing: Somalia

Acting Deputy Spokesperson Rathke (Mar. 27): "We're aware of reports of an attack today carried out by al-Shabaab on a hotel. We strongly condemn this terrorist attack. We extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of those who may be affected.

Arrest or Conviction of Cybercrime Fugitives

Mar. 26: The two fugitives ... were indicted for their role in Carder.su, a global, Internet-based criminal enterprise whose members trafficked in and manufactured stolen and counterfeit identification documents and access devices.

The Biological Weapons Convention at Forty

Mar. 26: For the last forty years, the BWC has been essential in establishing and implementing the strong international norm against biological weapons, which rank among the darkest manifestations of human ingenuity. DipNote

Meeting With Moaz al-Khatib

Spokesperson Psaki (Mar. 25): "Secretary Kerry reaffirmed our commitment to pursuing all diplomatic avenues to help bring about a political transition...that leads to an inclusive government and a future of freedom, dignity, and security for the Syrian people.

Global Chiefs of Mission Conference

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 25): "We have made economics a centerpiece of our international agenda, focusing on innovation, and entrepreneurship, and the creation of jobs, and we favor a free and open global system of investment and trade, and we're working on the TTIP.

Daily Press Briefing: Yemen

Director Rathke (Mar. 26): "Secretary Kerry spoke...with the GCC foreign ministers about the situation in Yemen. He commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis, and noted the United States support for those coalition efforts.

U.S.-Afghanistan Unity

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 24): "I think you will find that not only is Afghan unity important to the United States, but our policy towards Afghanistan has been a source of unity within the United States." Fact Sheet Joint Press Availability

Counter-ISIL Coalition Provides Air Support

Spokesperson Psaki (Mar. 25): "These strikes were designed to destroy ISIL strongholds with precision – protecting innocent Iraqis by minimizing damage to infrastructure, and enabling Iraqi forces under Iraqi command to continue offensive operations against ISIL in the vicinity of Tikrit.

National Dialogue in Sudan

Mar. 24: A comprehensive and inclusive National Dialogue remains the best opportunity to achieve a representative political system, and to confront fundamental issues of governance, political inclusiveness, resource sharing, identity, and social equality.

Daily Press Briefing: Cuba

Director Rathke (Mar. 26): "We've said from the very start of our rounds of talks with the Cuban Government that one of the topics we want to discuss is the ability of American diplomats in Cuba to move around freely and, of course, the Cubans have a similar concern.

Germanwings Flight Crash

Spokesperson Psaki (Mar. 24): "We are saddened by the news that Germanwings flight 9525 crashed in southern France... We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 150 people on board."

Daily Press Briefing: Germanwings Flight Crash

Spokesperson Psaki (Mar. 25): "We said in a couple of statements before, we are deeply saddened by the news that Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in southern France on its way from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany yesterday."

SelectUSA Investment Summit

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 24): "We've also learned that investment, innovation, and trade are not just the principal engines of a strong economy; they are the principal engines of a strong society." Summit Site

A Collaborative, Unified Ebola Response

Special Coordinator Browning (Mar. 23): "To effectively end this crisis means each day we have to move closer to our goal: We have to get to, and stay at zero cases. It's an enormous challenge, but one that I'm sure we can overcome ... together." Dip

Secretary Kerry's Travel

Senior State Department Official (Mar. 25): " We are focused on getting a political framework that addresses all of the major elements of a comprehensive deal done by the end of March. That is the date we are focused on."

Death of Lee Kuan Yew

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 22): "It is largely through his life's work that Singapore became one of the United States' strongest strategic partners in the region. ... May he rest in peace." President's Statement

Secretary Kerry's Travel

Deputy Spokesperson Harf: Secretary Kerry will travel to Lausanne, Switzerland, to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on March 26 as part of the ongoing EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations.

Daily Press Briefing: Yemen

Spokesperson Psaki (Mar. 24): "The Houthis continue to pursue and unacceptable violent path to take control of the country and undermine both the president elected by the Yemeni people and the peaceful political transition process."

Joint Statement on Libya

Mar. 21: We urge those taking part in the dialogue to enter into the discussions constructively and in good faith in order to reach agreement on a National Unity Government and arrangements for a ceasefire as quickly as possible.


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