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State Dept - Highlights 

Outcome on Ukraine

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 22): "The United States welcomes the outcome of the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council on Ukraine in the wake of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 near Donetsk, Ukraine."

Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge

The State Department has invited twelve finalists of the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge to compete in a pitch competition on July 25 at 12:00 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Afghan Elections

Ambassador Dobbins (July 22): "I'm here this week to look and see how progress is being made at implementing the agreement that was reached between the two candidates during Secretary Kerry's visit here the weekend before this."

Travel to Central America

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, travels to San Salvador, El Salvador as well as San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from July 22-24.

Meeting of the U.S.-Turkey Working Group

July 22: The Working Group's discussions focused on how the United States and Turkey can further strengthen our coordination on security, counterterrorism, and refugee issues, particularly with respect to the crises in Syria and Iraq.

Indonesia's Presidential Election

Secretary Kerry (July 22): "I warmly congratulate Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo. The people of Indonesia united once again to show their commitment to democracy through free and fair elections."

The Situation in Gaza

Secretary Kerry (July 22): "The loss of lives and the humanitarian impact is really heartbreaking, and we're joining our international partners in reiterating our call for an immediate end to fighting and a return to the cease-fire that was reached in 2012.

Investigation Into the Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

Ambassador Power (July 21): "Today's resolution calls for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the horrific downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17." DipNote

Daily Press Briefing: Iraq

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 22): "Since June, we have announced a new $13.8 million in humanitarian assistance to international organization partners working to help displaced persons and conflict victims in Iraq."

Travel to Hungary, Latvia, and Lithuania

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman travels to Hungary, Latvia, and Lithuania July 20-26 to meet with Jewish leaders, non-governmental organizations, and government officials.

United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

July 21: Secretary Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. These funds will provide critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, food, and medical supplies to Palestinians in Gaza.

Terrorist Attack in Egypt's Western Desert

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 21): "The United States strongly condemns Saturday's terrorist attack in Egypt's western desert near al-Farafra, which killed more than 20 Egyptian soldiers."

Attack of the Northern Town of Nasir

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 21): "The United States condemns the South Sudanese opposition forces' ground attack on the positions of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) in Nasir, Upper Nile State, on July 20."

Convictions in Swaziland

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 21): "The United States is deeply concerned by the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland."

Appointments of New UN Special Envoys

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 21): "The Secretary welcomes the appointment of Mary Robinson of Ireland as the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change... the appointment of Said Djinnit of Algeria as the new UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Daily Press Briefing: Iraq

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 21): "We condemn in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by ISIL."

The Situation in Gaza

Secretary Kerry (July 21): "We are both here in support of and in an effort to help get implemented the Egyptian initiative for the cease-fire. Israel and Egypt have encouraged that, and Israel has accepted that cease-fire proposal. So only Hamas now needs to make the decision .

Lack of Access at Crash Site of MH17

Secretary Kerry (July 20): "We need full access. And this is a moment of truth for Russia. ... They need to exert all of the influence that they have in order to protect the full integrity of this investigation." President Obama's Statement

Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

Secretary Kerry (July 18): "We are committed to testing whether we can address one of the world's most pressing priorities – ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon – through the diplomatic negotiations in which we and our international partners are currently engaged.

Travel to Egypt

Secretary Kerry travels to Cairo, Egypt today to meet with Egyptian and other senior officials on the situation in Gaza.

Religious Persecution by ISIL

Spokesperson Psaki (July 18): "The U.S. condemns in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant."

Zone 9 Bloggers

Spokesperson Psaki (July 18): "The U.S. is deeply concerned by the Ethiopian Federal High Court's July 18 decision to press charges against six bloggers and three independent journalists under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation."

Next Generation of Great African Leaders

July 17: Nelson Mandela was not only a student of great leadership; he was intent on creating great African leaders. DipNote

Daily Press Briefing: Ukraine

Spokesperson Psaki (July 18): "We have offered assistance to the Ukrainian Government, including personnel and resources from the NTSB and the FBI, which the Ukrainians have accepted."

Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine

Secretary Kerry (July 17): "We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time, as well as to all those whose citizens may have been on board."

Funding Request for Overseas Contingency Operations

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (July 17): "With just about 1 percent of the federal budget, our investment in development and diplomacy has never been more vital to our national security, economic prosperity, or our global leadership. This is a tremendous return for the investment.

Empowering Women and Girls

July 17: Secretary Kerry met with seven Nepali women mountain climbers who are promoting women's empowerment, education, and environmental awareness. The all-women team climbed Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska on June 24.

Secretary's Travel

Secretary Kerry will travel to Cairo, Egypt on July 21 to meet with Egyptian and other senior officials on the situation in Gaza.

Department of State Partners With CollegeWeekLive

July 17: This partnership spotlights the strength and diversity of U.S. higher education and assists the State Department's EducationUSA network to provide accurate, current, and comprehensive information on U.S. higher education to students around the world.

Lack of Access at Crash Site of MH17

Spokesperson Psaki (July 19): "We are deeply concerned by the Russia-backed separatists' refusal to allow OSCE monitors safe and unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17."

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