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State Dept - Highlights 

LGBT Rights

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoagland (Apr. 16): "It is the duty of American diplomats to shape foreign policy to promote human rights for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Secretary Kerry's Travel to Geneva

Secretary Kerry is traveling to Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in a multilateral meeting among the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union to discuss the ongoing situation in and around Ukraine. Trip Page

Travel to China and Vietnam

Special Advisor Heumann's visits to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hanoi on April 18-30 will include meetings and discussions on issues related to the rights of persons with disabilities.

Daily Press Briefing: South Korea

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 16): "We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who lost their lives on board the South Korean ferry, the Sewol. The United States is ready to provide any assistance needed."

Swearing-in Ceremony for Rick Stengel

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 15): "The modes of communicating are changing at a lightning pace ... and that means that public diplomacy has to change with it ... so that we can say we are providing really groundbreaking public diplomacy for a groundbreaking era.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Apr. 15: Read the joint statement issued at the conclusion of the P5 Beijing Conference: Enhancing Strategic Confidence and Working Together to Implement the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Outcomes.

Elections in Guinea-Bissau

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 15): "We urge the country's leaders, both civilian and military, to hear the voice of their people and bring the political transition period to a successful conclusion."

Additional Assistance for Ukraine

Apr. 14: The United States and Ukraine have signed a loan guarantee agreement intended to unlock $1 billion in financing for the Government of Ukraine and bolster its ability to provide critical services as it implements necessary reforms.

Libya's Transition

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 14): "At a time when Libya most needs political consensus to move forward its democratic transition, extortion by physical attack must not hijack the process of peaceful dialogue."

Arrests by Peruvian Government

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 14): "The United States congratulates the Government of Peru for last week's arrests of at least 28 leaders and members of a front organization for the Shining Path terrorist group."

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Ceremony

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 14): "I can't think of anything that unifies people as much, brings out the best, and shows our commonality, the common spirit of sportsmanship, the common spirit of competition, the common spirit of great athleticism." Sports E

Daily Press Briefing: Iran

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 15): "Given his role in the events of 1979, which clearly matter profoundly to the American people, it would be unacceptable for the United States to grant this visa."

Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine

On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Fact Sheet DipNote

Announcement of June 16-17 "Our Ocean" Conference

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 15): "We're going to bring together government officials, scientists, advocates, business people, and the men and women whose livelihoods and well-being depend on the ocean in order to discuss three key issues."

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 3 Report

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 13): "This report is a wake-up call about global economic opportunity we can seize today as we lead on climate change."

Daily Press Briefing: Nigeria

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 14): "We condemn today's attack on Nyanya Motor Park south of Abuja which killed over 70 people. ... We also condemn the attacks in three villages in Borno State that took the lives of nearly 100 people over the weekend."

U.S.-Ukraine Working Group Meeting

Apr. 12: The working group discussed ways of moving President Obama and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk's economic agenda forward, focusing on U.S. assistance efforts, increasing bilateral trade and investment flows, combating corruption, and carrying out economic reforms.

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

Apr. 12: Secretary Lew and Secretary Kerry sent a letter to international partner countries urging nations around the world to expand their support for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.

U.S.-Qatar Collaboration

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 11): "We've had a very strong and collaborative relationship working on our defense cooperation relationship, but also on Syria, Mideast peace, the issues of Egypt, the Gulf region, Iran …"

Deputy Secretary Burns' Decision To Retire in October 2014

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 11): "It is hard to find words adequate to express who Bill Burns is, and what he means not just to the State Department, but to American foreign policy."

Secretary Kerry's Travel to Geneva

Spokesperson Psaki: "Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva on April 17 to participate in a multilateral meeting among the U.S., Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union to discuss the ongoing situation in and around Ukraine."

Sustainable Energy and Transport Solutions

On April 10, the U.S. and OAS hosted a policy forum at the Seventh World Urban Forum entitled "Clean Energy and Transport Solutions in an Urban Hemisphere: Lessons from the Americas."

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

Today Secretary Kerry and Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour Ceremony. Watch it live here at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Xu Zhiyong Appeal Rejected

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 11): "The U.S. is deeply disappointed that a Chinese appellate court has upheld the four-year prison sentence for prominent legal scholar and rights advocate Xu Zhiyong."

Visit of Six-Party Talks Chairman Wu Dawei

Apr. 11: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies will host bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei.

Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine

Apr. 13: Here are 10 more false claims Russia is using to justify intervention in Ukraine, with the facts that these assertions ignore or distort. Fact Sheet

Daily Press Briefing: Ukraine

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 11): "Helping the people of Ukraine through this difficult period, helping them have the economic assistance they need, the resources they need ... it's no secret that's a priority to the U.S."

The Second U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue

Apr. 10: This dialogue follows the first Japan-U.S. Cyber Dialogue held in Tokyo in May 2013, which inaugurated a whole-of-government approach between Japan and the United States on cyber policy.

2014 U.S.-Czech Strategic Dialogue

The year's Dialogue focused on: economic cooperation; energy diversification; joint programs to promote democracy, good governance, and civil society; and on transatlantic support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Resolution Authorizing a UN Peacekeeping Operation for the C.A.R.

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 10): "The United States commends the United Nations Security Council for its leadership in adopting a forward looking resolution today to address the crisis in C.A.R."

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