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United States | The Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

United States (STL.News) – As a display of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, Charge d’Affaires Heide B. Fulton, Principal Deputy Director of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Henry V. Jardine, with the President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez, and Honduran and U.S. officials, broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy compound in Tegucigalpa, … Continue reading United States | The Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

United States | Briefing With Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams

United States (STL.News) – MR PALLADINO: Welcome back. It’s Friday and we have with us Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. Thank you for joining us again. Please. MR ABRAMS: You’re very welcome. I’m going to start taking attendance and see how much interest there is here. (Laughter.) A few things to start with. The … Continue reading United States | Briefing With Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams

United States | Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Dr. Yleem D.S. Poblete Travels to Geneva, Switzerland

United States (STL.News) – Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Yleem Poblete will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, March 17-20, 2019. In Geneva, Assistant Secretary Poblete will deliver the opening statement for the United States on March 19 to launch the U.S. Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament (CD). The Presidency rotates … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Dr. Yleem D.S. Poblete Travels to Geneva, Switzerland

United States | Counterterrorism Coordinator Ambassador Nathan A. Sales’ Visit to London To Discuss U.K. Decision To Designate Lebanese Hizballah

United States (STL.News) – Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, traveled to London on March 14 to discuss the U.K.’s recent designation of Hizballah. During his visit, Ambassador Sales congratulated our British allies for their leadership in designating Hizballah in its entirety and rejecting the false distinction between its military wing and its … Continue reading United States | Counterterrorism Coordinator Ambassador Nathan A. Sales’ Visit to London To Discuss U.K. Decision To Designate Lebanese Hizballah

United States | Joint Statement on U.S.-Germany Strategic Dialogue

United States (STL.News) – The governments of the United States and Germany held the inaugural U.S.-Germany Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C., on March 15, 2019. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale co-chaired the meeting with German State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, who led a high-level delegation from Berlin. The delegations discussed a … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on U.S.-Germany Strategic Dialogue

United States | Remarks to the Press

United States (STL.News) – SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Today I’d like to make brief remarks on two foreign policy issues. But first, I want to offer my personal condolences to the nation of New Zealand in the wake of the grotesque mosque attacks in Christchurch. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are … Continue reading United States | Remarks to the Press

United States | Transatlantic Community Imposes Sanctions on Russia

United States (STL.News) – Today, the United States, EU, and Canada took coordinated action in response to Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine by imposing sanctions on individuals who orchestrated the unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait. Additionally, the United States imposed sanctions on six Russian defense firms, including … Continue reading United States | Transatlantic Community Imposes Sanctions on Russia

United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With YALI/IVLP/CCI Alumni in South Africa

United States (STL.News) – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: On March 14, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with young South Africans who have participated in U.S.-funded professional and academic exchange programs including the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the International Visitors Leadership Program, and the Community College Initiative program. Deputy … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With YALI/IVLP/CCI Alumni in South Africa

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

United States (STL.News) – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City March 19-23. In Beirut, the Secretary will meet with Lebanese leaders to discuss the political, security, economic, and humanitarian challenges facing Lebanon. The Secretary’s visit will underscore U.S. support for the Lebanese people and Lebanon’s legitimate state … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States (STL.News)- Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will hold an on-camera, on-the-record briefing TODAY, Friday, March 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States | Joint Statement on the Eighth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

United States (STL.News) – Eight years ago today, tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets to claim the right to express themselves freely, call for reform, and demand justice. The Assad regime’s brutal response, and role in the conflict that followed, resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. We recognize … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on the Eighth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

US Department of Labor News: US and Qatar Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs of Qatar, signed a memorandum of understanding today recognizing the value of cooperation and knowledge-sharing for strengthening protection for workers. The memorandum of understanding provides for technical cooperation between the … Continue reading US Department of Labor News: US and Qatar Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Cooperation

Iowa News: Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa’s State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa’s flooding. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along … Continue reading Iowa News: Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation

Florida News: Governor Ron DeSantis Commends Florida Legislative Leaders on Passing Medical Marijuana Bill

Tallahassee, Fla. (STL.News) – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis released the following statement regarding the passage of SB 182 – Medical Use of Marijuana, in the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives: “The Florida Legislature has taken a significant step this week to uphold the will of the voters and support the patients who will … Continue reading Florida News: Governor Ron DeSantis Commends Florida Legislative Leaders on Passing Medical Marijuana Bill

United States | Temporary Departure of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

United States – Today, all U.S. diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the country. I know it is a difficult moment for them. They are fully dedicated to our mission of supporting the Venezuelan people’s aspirations to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families. U.S. diplomats will now continue that mission … Continue reading United States | Temporary Departure of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

United States | Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Suzanne Lawrence On Release of the FY 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

United States – MR GREENAN: Thank you, and good morning everyone. Welcome to today’s on-the-record call. We’re pleased to have with us Suzanne Lawrence. She’s the Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, and she’s here to discuss the release of the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption. She’s going to have some brief … Continue reading United States | Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Suzanne Lawrence On Release of the FY 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

United States | Additional Funding for the Syrian Civil Defense and UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)

United States – At the direction of the President, subject to congressional approval, the United States intends to provide $5 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the White Helmets in Syria and in support of the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) which is charged with assisting the investigation and … Continue reading United States | Additional Funding for the Syrian Civil Defense and UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)

United States | U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syria Crisis

United States – Today at the Third Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” the United States announced more than $397 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria as part of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for 2019-2020. This brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the … Continue reading United States | U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syria Crisis

US Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to the Advanced Training Center with Vice President Mike Pence

WASHINGTON (STL.News) On March 13, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen accompanied Vice President Mike Pence to visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Advanced Training Center (ATC) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  During the visit they toured the facility and observed a use of force simulation, mat room training for the Less Lethal … Continue reading US Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to the Advanced Training Center with Vice President Mike Pence

Arizona News: Two Years Later: A Real Second Chance for Inmates

PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) – In March of 2017, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey launched Second Chance Centers to equip inmates with the skills and resources they need to successfully reenter society —​ all before exiting prison. The centers, operated through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the … Continue reading Arizona News: Two Years Later: A Real Second Chance for Inmates

United States | Briefing With Ambassador Michael Kozak on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States – AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Good morning. I thought I might say a few words about how the report is prepared just so that we have that background, and then I’d be happy to take questions. As the Secretary mentioned, the report has been a legislative requirement on the Executive Branch going back to the … Continue reading United States | Briefing With Ambassador Michael Kozak on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States | Fifteenth Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee Meeting, Malaga, Spain

United States – The Fifteenth Coordinating Committee Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), co-chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands, took place today in Malaga, Spain. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales represented the United States and briefed GCTF members on the activities of the Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) Working Group, urged countries to … Continue reading United States | Fifteenth Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee Meeting, Malaga, Spain

United States | Joint Statement on U.S.-India Strategic Security Dialogue

United States – The 9th round of the U.S.-India Strategic Security Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2019. The Indian delegation was led by Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary, while the U.S. delegation was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. The two sides exchanged views … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on U.S.-India Strategic Security Dialogue

United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Vienna, Austria for the 62nd UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Pristina, Kosovo

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will lead the U.S. delegation to the High-Level Segment of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), March 14-15, in Vienna, Austria. At the CND, the United States will seek increased national action to … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Vienna, Austria for the 62nd UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Pristina, Kosovo

United States | Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travels to South Dakota

United States – Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson will travel to South Dakota March 14-18, 2019. Under Secretary Thompson will give a keynote address at the University of South Dakota Distinguished Speakers Series in Sioux Falls. Additionally, she will give a speech on cyber diplomacy at Dakota … Continue reading United States | Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travels to South Dakota

United States | Special Representative Biegun Travel to New York City

United States – Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to New York City on March 14 for meetings with the United Nations Security Council and key Permanent Representatives. Special Representative Biegun will discuss the recent U.S.-DPRK Summit in Hanoi and efforts to ensure full implementation of relevant DPRK-related UN Security Council resolutions … Continue reading United States | Special Representative Biegun Travel to New York City

United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Xinjiang, China

United States – On March 13, the United States co-hosted an event with Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to raise awareness regarding ongoing and egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Xinjiang, China

United States | U.S.-EU Joint Committee Meeting Strengthens Transatlantic Civil Aviation Ties

United States – On March 8, delegations representing the United States, the European Union and its Member States, Norway, and Iceland, convened in Washington, DC for the 22nd meeting of the Joint Committee established under the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement of 2007, as amended. The delegations initialed an agreement to remove longstanding unfair time constraints … Continue reading United States | U.S.-EU Joint Committee Meeting Strengthens Transatlantic Civil Aviation Ties

United States | Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument to amplify their voices” and also allows us to, quote, “train … Continue reading United States | Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy Travels to Thailand, Indonesia, and Hawaii

United States – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for East Asian and Pacific Affairs W. Patrick Murphy travels to Thailand, Indonesia, and Hawaii March 18-22. PDAS Murphy will visit Bangkok, Thailand March 18-19 to meet with Royal Thai government interlocutors and other stakeholders to discuss Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship and the U.S.-Thailand alliance. He will … Continue reading United States | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy Travels to Thailand, Indonesia, and Hawaii