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State Dept - Highlights 

Joint Statement on Libya

June 30: The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, express our deep concern about the ongoing violence within Libya, and the expansion of terrorism in Libya. More

Concern about the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Spokesperson Kirby (July 2): "The United States is deeply concerned about the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, which the United Nations yesterday designated as a Level 3 crisis, its most severe category."

U.S. Citizen College Students Can Apply for Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternships

July 2: Applications will be accepted July 2 – 22, 2015, for 325 interesting projects with the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and 13 other agencies, available through USAJobs. VSFS Site

Daily Press Briefing: ISIL

Spokesperson Kirby (July 2): "We continue to discuss with Turkey and other coalition partners how best to combat ISIL in the region."

Travel to Central America

July 1: Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, will lead a U.S. interagency delegation to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, July 6-10, 2015.

2014 Annual World Food Prize Winner

July 1: Social enterprise visionary Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh was announced as the 2015 winner of the World Food Prize.

Re-Establishment of Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

Secretary Kerry (July 1): "This step has been long overdue, and the response of the international community has reflected the relief and the welcoming that people all over the world feel for this step." Statement by the President Briefing DipNote

Climate Change

Secretary Kerry (July 1): "Leaders from around the world are signaling loud and clear that taking action to address climate change is a top priority."

Burundi Elections

Spokesperson Kirby (June 29): "The U.S. is deeply disappointed that the Government of Burundi moved forward with parliamentary elections today despite woefully inadequate conditions for them to be credible."

Security Assistance to Bahrain

Spokesperson Kirby (June 29): "The Administration has decided to lift the holds on security assistance to the Bahrain Defense Force and National Guard."

World Food Prize

On July 1, World Food Prize Foundation President and former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Kenneth M. Quinn will announce the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize.

Daily Press Briefing: China

Spokesperson Kirby (July 1): "We welcome the rise of a peaceful, prosperous China; a China that contributes to stability and security, which does include economic dimensions in the region."

Daily Press Briefing

Watch a live broadcast of today's Daily Press Briefing with Spokesperson John Kirby, scheduled to start at approximately 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Terrorist Attack in Egypt

Spokesperson Kirby (June 29): "The U.S. condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack, which killed the Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat."

Daily Press Briefing: Indonesia

Spokesperson Kirby (June 30): "I also want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Indonesian people today, especially those in the city of Medan, where a C-130 military aircraft crashed earlier today."

Building a Future Free From Hunger

June 27: Feed the Future is a country-led initiative, which means we help countries pursue their own priorities for agricultural development. DipNote

U.S.-India-Japan Trilateral Dialogue

June 27: The deepening of this regular dialogue since 2011 reflects a growing convergence of the regional and global interests as the three countries broaden cooperation to span the region from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific

Killing of Lesotho's Former Army Commander

Spokesperson Kirby (June 27): "We urge the Government of Lesotho to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of Brigadier Mahao's death and to hold accountable those responsible."

Global Dialogue to Counter Violent Extremism and Recruitment

June 26: Approximately 200 representatives of governments, civil society, and the private sector from the Asia Pacific, Canada, the United States, and Europe gathered last week in Sydney, Australia for a regional Summit on countering violent extremism.

P5+1 Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Secretary Kerry (June 27): "We have a lot of hard work to do. We have some very tough issues, and I think we all look forward to getting down to the final effort here to see whether or not a deal is possible."

Daily Press Briefing: Egypt

Deputy Spokesperson Toner (June 29): "The U.S. condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack which killed the Egyptian public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat."

Burundi: Electoral Assistance

June 26: The U.S. is placing on hold technical assistance to Burundi's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), as well as voter education activities that were to be implemented in cooperation with the CENI.

Terrorist Attacks Condemned

June 26: The U.S. condemns in the strongest possible terms today's horrifying terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, Somalia, and Tunisia, in which dozens of people were killed and injured.

American Engagement and Leadership

Deputy Secretary Blinken (June 26): "Our leadership is producing powerful and positive results -- helping speed the winds of progress and temper some of the gales of turmoil." Video

Secretary Kerry's Travel

Secretary Kerry is traveling to Vienna, Austria, to participate in the ongoing EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Daily Press Briefing: LGBT Rights

Spokesperson Kirby (June 26): "The Secretary welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court. ... It does show the power of our example to the rest of the world." Secretary's Statement

Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

June 25: The United States has announced more than $360 million in additional life-saving assistance for those affected by the war in Syria.

Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

Secretary Kerry (June 25): "This bipartisan action grants President Obama the authority to negotiate trade deals that will simultaneously ensure our national security and guarantee our prosperity."

Release of the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Secretary Kerry (June 25): "The message at the heart of these reports is that countries do best when their citizens fully enjoy the rights and freedoms to which they are entitled." Reports Briefing DipNote

Message From Under Secretary Kennedy

Read Under Secretary Patrick F. Kennedy's message regarding the recent cyber incidents at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).


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