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State Dept - Highlights 

Under Secretary Stengel's Travel

Oct. 23: Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Kuwait to lead the U.S. delegation for the October 27 Coalition Communications Conference.

"2+2" Ministerial Meeting

Oct. 23: Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Hagel will hold a “2+2” meeting with their Republic of Korea counterparts, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun and Minister of National Defense Han, in Washington, DC, on October 24.

Secretary Kerry Hosts Diwali Celebration

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 23): "Diwali is an opportunity for us all, regardless of our own traditions, to renew a shared commitment to human dignity, compassion, and service – and it is a commitment, I think, at the heart of all great faiths."

P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Under Secretary Sherman (Oct. 23): "We encourage Iran to make the right choice. Meanwhile, we remain steadfast in our determination to take the steps necessary to protect America's security and to improve the prospects for stability and peace across the globe.

Daily Press Briefing: Georgia

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 23): "We continue to support Georgia's democratic development, which must include respect for political pluralism and open debate."

Attacks in Ottawa

Seretary Kerry (Oct.22): "We condemn today's heinous and evil attacks in Ottawa, seemingly aimed at the heart of the federal government itself." DipNote

Release of Civil Society Activists

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 22): "The United States welcomes the October 17 pardon and release of four civil society activists in Azerbaijan, including Hasan Huseynli."

U.S. Engagement With the United Nations

Oct. 22: The State Department's Bureau of International Organization Affairs, in partnership with the Library of Congress, recently completed an initiative to digitize and make available more than 50 years of reports detailing U.S. engagement with the United Nations.

Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Oct. 22: The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, a research program for scholars to study and assess the changing Arctic region.

Meeting With German Foreign Minister

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 22): "America and Germany have a long history of cooperation for fighting for freedom, for peace and for prosperity." Countering ISIL DipNote

Passing of Ben Bradlee

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 22): "Ben put his own brand on journalism and it was big, bold, and unapologetic. He invented the modern newsroom. He cared about the Post as an institution and he cared about its people."

Secretary Kerry to Host Diwali Celebration

Oct. 23: Secretary of State John Kerry will host the Obama Administration's Annual Diwali Celebration to honor the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain holiday celebrated throughout the world at approximately 6:30 p.m. EDT in the Benjamin Franklin Room. Watch live here.

Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development

Ebola is a horrific disease. It's wiping out entire families. It has turned simple acts of love and comfort and kindness -- like holding a sick friend's hand, or embracing a dying child -- into potentially fatal acts. USAID

P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Oct. 23: Under Secretary Wendy R. Sherman will deliver a keynote address on the EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) at approximately 5:00 p.m. EDT. Watch a live broadcast here.

Daily Press Briefing: Libya

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 22): "To end the current crisis, Libyans must immediately rein in militias, cease violence, and engage in the productive political dialogue led by their UN special representative."

U.S.-Australia Political-Military Talks

On October 21, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Todd C. Chapman met with senior civilian and military officials in Canberra for the U.S.-Australia Political-Military Talks.

Assistant Secretary Malinowski's Travel

Oct. 21: Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski will travel to Vietnam and the Republic of Korea October 22-28 to engage with government officials and local civil society representatives.

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States.

Release of Jeffrey Fowle

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 21): "We can confirm that Jeffrey Fowle has been allowed to depart the D.P.R.K. and is on his way home to rejoin his family. We welcome the D.P.R.K.'s decision to release him."

Terrorist Designations

Oct. 21: The Department of State has designated Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

Daily Press Briefing: Vietnam

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 21): "We welcome the decision by Vietnamese authorities to release this prisoner of conscience. He decided to travel to the United States after his release from prison, will arrive today."

U.S.-Philippines Relationship

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 20): "The Philippines is a very strong, long-term ally of ours. We are very grateful for the support on major crises of the day, particularly on ISIL and on the challenge of Ebola." Countering ISIL

Fulbright Program

On October 24, King Felipe VI of Spain will present the Fulbright Program with the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.

Afghan Diplomat Training

Oct. 20: This is the third year the U.S. and China have partnered to train the Afghan diplomatic corps on diplomatic, communications, and management skills.

Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 20): "The U.S. is deeply concerned by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Government to expel the Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC."

Special Presidential Envoy Allen's Travel

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL John Allen is on travel to the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman, October 21-31.

U.S.-Japan Environmental Cooperation

Oct. 20: This Supplementary Agreement is part of a broader framework that recognizes the importance of environmental protection.

Daily Press Briefing: Ebola

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 20): "You heard Secretary Kerry … recognize that Cuba has dispatched hundreds of health care workers … and said that this is a significant contribution to the overall international response."

Secretary Kerry's Trip to Indonesia

Senior State Department Official (Oct. 19): "The Secretary is heading up a high-level presidential delegation to the inauguration of the new Indonesian President, Joko Widodo."

Joint Statement on Libya

Oct. 18: The Governments of France, Italy, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. strongly condemn the ongoing violence in Libya and call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

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