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State Dept - Highlights 

Burundi's Disregard for Arusha Agreement

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 25): "The United States deeply regrets the decision by Burundi's ruling party ... to disregard the term-limit provisions of the Arusha Agreement by naming President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for a third presidential term.

Earthquake in Nepal

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 25): "I join the people of the United States in expressing our deepest condolences to all of those affected by today's earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh." DipNote

International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 24): "The United States welcomes Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's decision to renew the mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala for two years."

Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Disaster

Apr. 24: We join the people of Bangladesh in mourning those who lost their lives and remain mindful of the difficult struggle for those who survived. Joint Statement

World Malaria Day

Adm. Ziemer (Apr. 24): "An estimated 4 million malaria-related deaths have been averted worldwide in the last decade. Of these, 95 percent are estimated to be children under 5 in Africa." DipNote

Arctic Council Ministerial

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 24): "The theme of our chairmanship is 'One Arctic,' which ... embodies our belief that the entire world ... shares a responsibility to protect, to respect, to nurture, and to promote the region."

Daily Press Briefing: Armenia/Turkey

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 24): "The Secretary met with the Turkish foreign minister. They talked about U.S. support for Turkey-Armenia normalization and the importance of Turkey taking concrete steps to match its government's statements on reconciliation with Armenia.

America's Best Employers for 2015

Apr. 23: Forbes, in partnership with, has named the Department of State as one of America's Best Employers for 2015. The Department is the only federal agency ranked in the top 50.

Conviction of Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 23): "We urge the Government of Azerbaijan to release Aliyev and others incarcerated in connection with exercising their fundamental freedoms."

Delisting of SDN Win Aung

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 23): "The U.S. Department of the Treasury today removed Burmese national, Win Aung, and two of his businesses from the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (SDN List)."

Deputy Secretary Blinken's Travel

Apr. 23: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to Colombia and Mexico to meet with a wide range of government officials and non-governmental experts to discuss key political, economic, and security issues.

Renewing U.S. Leadership Through Economic Strength

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 23): "My own convictions are twofold. First, in the modern world, we simply cannot expect our economies to grow and generate new jobs if all we do is buy and sell to ourselves – ain't gonna work. Trade is a job creator, period.

Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 24): "I'm grateful for the council's continued work on longstanding Arctic priorities, including enhancing our preparedness for oil spills and similar disasters."

Video Greeting to Climate Partners

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 23): "The United States is committed to working with you as "climate partners" toward a global solution to this urgent threat."

Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference

Under Secretary Gottemoeller (Apr. 22): "In the 45 years of its existence, the treaty has done a fantastic job in really preventing the emergence of nuclear weapon states around the world who would be very threatening to international peace and security and mutual stability.

Daily Press Briefing: North Korea

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 23): "We certainly have been and remain concerned about North Korea's nuclear program, and we've been working with the five parties ... to pressure North Korea to return to credible and authentic denuclearization talks.

Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

Secretary Kerry gives remarks today at the 9th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting. View the event live here at approximately 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Hosts for 2015 Fishackathon

Apr. 22: In honor of Earth Day, the U.S. Department of State announced today that nine aquariums and other organizations have signed on to host Fishackathon events in their cities from June 5-7, leading up to World Oceans Day on June 8.

5th Annual 6K Walk for Water

Apr. 22: The U.S. Department of State will host the fifth Annual 6k Walk for Water at noon, on Thursday, April 23, as part of the Department's Earth Day celebrations.

Meeting With Former Lebanese Prime Minister

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 22): "We're anxious to see the presidency ultimately filled and to try to see the effects of Daesh and Nusrah and Syria moved away from Lebanon so that Lebanon can really have its sovereignty respected and its future protected and guaranteed.

Diplomatic Culinary Partnership - Milan Expo Reception

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 21): "As part of our presence at the Expo, our chefs are going to help us raise awareness about the health qualities and the safety qualities of American food."

Daily Press Briefing: Iran

Acting Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 22): "The Secretary and Under Secretary Sherman have raised the cases of the detained and missing U.S. citizens repeatedly directly with Iranian officials on the sidelines of the nuclear talks ... and they will continue to do so until they are all home.

Inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Apr. 21: Seventeen researchers from Arctic Council nations will engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research over the next 18 months as a part of the State Department 's Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Global Security Contingency Fund

On May 5-7, the joint Department of State – Department of Defense Global Security Contingency Fund will implement a Multinational Regional Border Patrol Strategy Workshop in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Meeting With Turkish Foreign Minister

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 21): "As I've often said, foreign policy and economic policy are absolutely inseparable, and this is reflected in the U.S.-Turkey relationship."

U.S.-Portugal Relationship

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 21): "I know recently Portugal, like other countries in Europe, has been making difficult economic choices. And I want to congratulate Portugal on the fact that it is growing. We want to see that continue."

Remarks at the Atlantic Council

Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks at the Atlantic Council on trade and national security at approximately 10:00 a.m. EDT. Watch a live broadcast here.

Terrorist Designations

Apr. 21: The State Department has designated Christodoulos Xiros and Nikolaos Maziotis; and Ahmed Diriye and Mahad Karate under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

Integration and Innovation: The Americas Agenda

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 21): "To build and defend democracy is our shared mission. And now, more than ever before in my lifetime, the people of the Americas are truly united in that cause."

Secretary Kerry Travels to Boston, New York

Acting Spokesperson Harf: "Secretary of State John Kerry will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 26...Secretary Kerry will then travel to New York City on April 27 for a series of meetings and events.

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