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State Dept - Highlights 

Secretary's Travel

Secretary Kerry will travel to New Delhi for the 5th U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, which he will co-chair with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on July 31.

India: 2020 Program

Secretary Kerry (July 28): "India 2020 builds on that success by showing how the United States and India together can tackle global challenges, from security in the Asia Pacific to providing clean energy to delivering more inclusive growth."

Presidential Summit for Young African Leaders

Secretary Kerry (July 28): "We're here today because the United States and countries across Africa are natural partners, and it's time to take our partnership to the next level by investing in the continent's greatest natural resource of all: its people.

ASEAN and America: Partners for the Future

Assistant Secretary Russel (July 28): "The Asia-Pacific region has almost limitless potential, if it can avoid the pitfalls ahead. Strong institutions are key – not just to avoid and resolve disputes, but also to lower barriers to trade, and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Africa

July 28: Twenty-nine women entrepreneurs from 26 African countries arrive in the United States this week to explore ways to expand their businesses and generate prosperity in their communities.

International Religious Freedom Report

Secretary Kerry (July 28): "The release of this report here today is a demonstration of the abiding commitment of the American people and the entire U.S. Government to the advancement of freedom of religion worldwide." Briefing Fact Sheet

Pacific Islands Forum

Counselor to the President John Podesta will lead a high-level U.S. Government delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum Post Forum Dialogue on August 1 in Koror, Palau.

Daily Press Briefing: Release of Hugo Carvajal

Spokesperson Psaki (July 28): "We were deeply disappointed at the decision of the Government of the Netherlands to order the release of wanted narcotics trafficker Hugo Carvajal on the basis of claims of immunity that are beyond established international norms.

Temporary Staff Relocation

Secretary Kerry (July 26): "We are suspending our current diplomatic activities at the embassy – not closing the embassy, but suspending the activities. ... We are deeply committed and remain committed to the diplomatic process in Libya."

Mali Peace Talks

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 25): "The United States applauds the agreement reached in Algiers on July 24 establishing a roadmap for talks between northern groups and the Government of Mali."

Secretary Kerry Meets With Ukrainian Foreign Minister

Today, Secretary Kerry will hold a joint press availability with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the Department of State. Watch it here live at approximately 10:15 a.m. EDT.

Rewards for Justice -- Reward Offer

July 25: The Department of State's Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward for information on those responsible for the kidnapping of a U.S. citizen by the terrorist organization Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

India: 2020 Launch

Today, Secretary Kerry will deliver a speech at a launch event inaugurating the Center for American Progress' India: 2020 program at 1:30 p.m. at the Center for American Progress.

Threat of Famine Looms in South Sudan

Secretary Kerry (July 25): "South Sudan now faces the worst food security crisis in the world. Violence has forced over 1.5 million people from their homes since mid-December, while more than 50,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition this year.

Foreign Policy Update

July 24: Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf briefed at the Washington Foreign Press Center on latest developments in U.S. foreign policy.

Statement on Meriam Ishag and Family

Secretary Kerry (July 25): "Around the world, supporters of religious freedom celebrate the arrival of Meriam Ishag and her family in Rome."

Daily Press Briefing

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

Young African Leaders Town Hall With President Obama

President Obama will hold a Town Hall with Young African Leaders as part of the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Watch the live event here at 11:10 a.m.

2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

July 28: Secretary Kerry released the 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. Fact Sheet

2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Today, Secretary Kerry will release the 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom in the Press Briefing Room at the State Department. Watch the live event here at 11:15 a.m.

U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

Assistant Secretary Biswal (July 24): "Secretary Kerry will travel soon to India to co-chair the next round of our Strategic Dialogue, and he will be joined by Secretary of Commerce Pritzker, underscoring the vital role of our economic partnership."

The Situation in Gaza

Secretary Kerry (July 25): "Specifically, here is what we've been working to try to bring about. At this moment, we are working toward a brief seven days of peace – seven days of a humanitarian cease-fire in honor of Eid."

Daily Press Briefing: Ukraine

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 25): "The Ukrainians have a responsibility and a duty to protect their citizens and their territory, which is what they're doing."

Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

On July 28, Secretary Kerry will deliver welcoming remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Temporary Staff Relocation

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 26): "Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya."

Assistant Secretary Russel's Travel

July 24: Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will travel to Aspen, Colorado and San Francisco, California to take part in public forums related to the discussion of political developments in East Asia.

CAR Cessation of Hostilities Agreement

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 24): "This cessation of hostilities agreement represents an important step toward stopping the bloodshed in the Central African Republic and preparing the way for a peaceful and democratic political transition."

Visas for Deserving Afghans: Our Moral Responsibility

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (July 24): "Currently there are sufficient numbers of visas for Iraqis, but there are many more Afghans who have qualified for visas and who remain in harm's way, and we need urgent congressional help to honor our commitment to them.

New President of Iraq

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (July 24): "The U.S. congratulates the Iraqi people on the election of their new president, Fuad Masum."

Tunisia Issues $500 Million Bond

July 24: The Republic of Tunisia closed on its offering of a $500 million sovereign bond issuance guaranteed by the U.S., acting through USAID.

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