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State Dept - Highlights 

Visit of Indian Prime Minister

Secretary Kerry and Vice President Biden co-host a state lunch for Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Watch it here at approximately 1:00 p.m. EDT. White House Statement

Bilateral Security Agreement Signed

President Obama (Sept. 30): "Today we mark an historic day in the U.S.-Afghan partnership that will help advance our shared interests and the long-term security of Afghanistan. ... The BSA reflects our continued commitment to support the new Afghan Unity Government.

TechWomen 2014

Sept. 29: As part of this exchange program, companies in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley will host 78 women from the Middle East and Africa from Sept. 30 to Nov. 5.

Financial Crime and Sanctions

Deputy Assistant Secretary Harrell (Sept. 29): "This is the primary reason the U.S. government has been using sanctions so frequently -- they're more precise, more tailored, and more effective today than they've ever been before."

Countering ISIL

Deputy Secretary Burns (Sept. 29): "ISIL is obviously not the only source of disorder in the Middle East today. But it is one of the most immediate, and most poisonous."

Assistance for the People of South Sudan

Sept. 29: The U.S. has pledged nearly $83 million in additional emergency assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda.

2016 Diversity Visa Program

The 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) will open at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and will close at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday, November 3, 2014.

Daily Press Briefing: India

Spokesperson Psaki (Sept. 29): "The United States and India have a broad and deep relationship, and we look forward to talks with Prime Minister Modi and concrete steps to further our strategic partnership."

Ongoing Aggression Against the Government of Yemen

Department Spokesman Psaki (Sept. 27): "The United States condemns ongoing hostile and aggressive actions against the Yemeni government and political targets and calls for all parties to implement all aspects of the Peace and National Partnership agreement.

U.S. Commends Cote D'Ivoire for Reinstating Air Travel

Department Spokesperson Psaki (Sept. 27): "The United States commends Cote d'Ivoire for reinstating air travel to Ebola-affected countries, in line with WHO and IATA recommendations."

Inauguration in Afghanistan

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 29): "As Afghanistan enters this new chapter in its history, the United States looks forward to deepening its enduring partnership with a sovereign, unified and democratic Afghanistan."

International Support Group For Lebanon

Deputy Secretary Burn (Sept. 26): "During a period when the Lebanese Presidency is vacant and when the people of Lebanon are confronting a number of threats and difficulties, you have shown extraordinary leadership."

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty UN Ministerial

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 26): "But the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban treaty has thus far eluded for various reasons. It remains a critical part of our effort to strip the world of these weapons. Some people don't think that's possible."

U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 26): "The United States remains deeply committed to engaging the Asia Pacific region. I think you've heard us talking about our rebalanced Asia and the deep involvement that we have there..."

Global Health Security Agenda Summit

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 26): "We all know that health affects the livelihoods of individuals and economic growth and ultimately the development potential of nations. And the health of others affects the health of all of us." Remarks by President Obama

Shaping the Future: Ending AIDS by 2030

Secretary Kerry (Sep. 25): "The United States commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS is undiminished, just as our work is unfinished." Briefing

Combating Violence Targeting LGBT

Secretary Kerry (Sep. 25): "The United States remains unwavering in our commitment to advance LGBT equality here at home and around the world."

Syria Ministerial Meeting

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 24): "I know sometimes there's been a greater desire for more, but we will continue to stand beside you as long as ISIL remains a threat and Assad remains in power." Briefing

Afghanistan's Triumph of Statesmanship and Compromise

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 27): "This moment was not easily arrived at, and it belongs primarily to the millions who courageously went to the polls to vote in April and June in defiance of Taliban threats." Op-Ed

ISIL's Murder of Iraqi Human Rights Lawyer

Department Spokesman Psaki (Sept. 26): "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the torture and murder of Iraqi human rights lawyer Samira Salih al-Nuaimi by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)."

GCC-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum

Sept. 25: Since its establishment in March 2012, this Forum has served to enhance strategic cooperation and coordination of policies which advance shared political, military, security and economic objectives in the Gulf region.

Ebola Coordinator for the Department of State

Spokesperson Psaki (Sept. 24): "Secretary Kerry named Ambassador Nancy Powell to lead the Ebola Coordination Unit at the Department of State." President's Remarks G-7 Statement

Designations of Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Sept. 24: As part of the effort to counter the threats posed by foreign terrorist fighters, the State Department has designated 10 individuals and 2 groups as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order 13224. DipNote

Meeting With Syrian Women Human Rights Activists

Sept. 24: Secretary of State John Kerry met with a delegation of prominent Syrian women human rights and peace activists on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 24): "When climate change and food security present these new challenges that they do, we need new partnerships and new solutions in order to tackle them." Fact Sheet DipNote

President's Address to UNGA

President Obama (Sept. 24): "Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope." DipNote

Human Rights in the D.P.R.K.

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 23): "North Korea's leaders do understand that their behavior brings shame upon their country in the eyes of the world." DipNote

Global Counterterrorism Forum

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 23): "The evil that ISIL represents is not something that Iraq or even the region can or should take on alone. We face a common threat, and our response has to be all hands on deck." Fact Sheet DipNote

Combating ISIL

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 23): "We are going to do what is necessary to take the fight to ISIL, to begin to make it clear that terrorism, extremism does not have a place in the building of civilized society."

Expanding Economic Connectivity in Greater Central Asia

Deputy Secretary Burns (Sept. 23): "Whether you call it the New Silk Road or the Silk Road Economic Belt, now is the moment to work together to restore this region to its historic role as a vital hub of global commerce, ideas, and culture."


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