Under Secretary Hormats (May 22): "For America to remain the world's beacon, as well as its most dynamic economy and society, we need to keep our doors open and be a land of opportunity." DipNote
Director Luna (May 21): "Trafficking in wildlife is not a benign activity. It is a criminal threat that requires a criminal justice response. Time is our enemy as we work to save endangered wildlife and our world heritage."
Secretary Kerry (May 23): "I am appreciative that the Prime Minister has really put personal energy into helping us to define some of the work that we need to do to figure out the way forward."
Secretary Kerry (May 22): "The 11 of us are here because our countries have a profound stake in the serious crisis that is affecting the Syrian people, an equally great interest in a peaceful, prosperous Syria that we hope will soon be able to emerge again.
May 22: Joint statement issued by participating countries at the Amman Ministerial Meeting on Syria.
Acting Deputy Spokesperson Ventrell (May 22): "The United States condemns today's attack in the Woolwich district of London. We stand with our U.K. allies in the face of such senseless violence."
May 22: The two sides discussed issues of global concern and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
Acting Deputy Spokesperson Ventrell (May 22): "The IAEA Director General's report on Iran was released to the Board of Governors today."
Acting Assistant Secretary Yamamoto (May 21): "Our short-term successes may be fleeting if we fail to address the long-standing political and economic fragility and render the Sahel susceptible to crisis and conflict."
May 21: In an important symbol of America's commitment to an enduring friendship with the Republic of Burundi, Ambassador Dawn M. Liberi dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura.
Secretary Kerry (May 22): "Our countries are working together on a number of critical issues, not just the question of Syria but on other issues ... particularly questions of the relationship between Palestinians and Israel."
Senior State Department Official (May 21): "The Secretary's meetings tomorrow are part of a broader American effort that's been ongoing especially since the Secretary took office to work with partners on Syria."
May 20: Fiscal Year 2013 Quarter 2 obligation and expenditure data is now available on the Foreign Assistance Dashboard.
On May 22, the State Department will host the first EMPOWER Conference on disability inclusive diplomacy.
May 20: Secretary Kerry announced that Ira Forman will serve as the Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
Christopher Painter, the Secretary's Coordinator for Cyber Issues, travels to Stockholm, Sweden from May 21-24.
Secretary Kerry (May 20): "New Zealand has been a partner in a lot of our initiatives and interests, and particularly helping out in a place like Afghanistan, which is far away, but they've been an enormous global partner."
Secretary Kerry (May 20): "Our relationship with Brazil is an extremely important one, growing in its significance. … We want to strengthen the Global Partnership Dialogue that we share, and there's a lot that we work on together."
Secretary Kerry (May 22): "President Obama and the United States are very grateful for the role that Oman plays in the region as an important force for peace and stability."
Acting Deputy Spokesperson Ventrell (May 20): "We are deeply concerned by the growing trend of efforts to punish and deter political expression in Egypt."
Under Secretary Wendy R. Sherman will travel to Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh from May 21-28; and Acting Assistant Secretary Joseph Yun travels to Indonesia, Brunei, and Vietnam from May 20-29.
Secretary Kerry (May 19): "I offer you my best wishes on the occasion of this 53rd anniversary of Cameroon's independence, and look forward to continued cooperation to promote peace, democracy, and economic growth in Cameroon and the region."
Secretary Kerry (May 20): "I want you to know that every day that I am privileged to be in this position, I have no greater priority and no greater responsibility than ensuring that we do all that we can within reason and capacity to protect you." Fa
Secretary Kerry (May 20): "This report … shines light on the challenges that people face as they seek nothing more than the basic religious freedom, the right to worship as they wish." Report Fact Sheet
From May 21-27, Secretary Kerry will travel to Muscat, Amman, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Addis Ababa to discuss a range of regional issues, meet with key international partners, and participate in the World Economic Forum.
Secretary Kerry (May 17): "We look forward to ... our partnership dialogue that will take place in Dhaka in about a week or so. And this is a very important step in working on presidential initiatives, including climate change and food security, among others.
Secretary Kerry (May 17): "The U.S. is deeply concerned about the fighting in northeastern Nigeria following President Jonathan's declaration of a state of emergency in the Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states."
May 17: The workshop titled “Promoting Labor and Human Rights through Investment” attracted representatives from the investment community, international organizations, academic institutions, and U.S. Government agencies.
May 20: Secretary Kerry released the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom for 2012. The report describes the state of religious freedom around the world. A transcript and video will be available soon. Report Fact Sheet
Secretary Kerry (May 17): "Everybody here understands the impact of human trafficking. I mean, it tears apart communities, tears apart families, challenges, rule of law, not to mention that it is a moral obscenity."