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Diplomacy in Action

Daily Press Briefing

Watch a live broadcast of today's Daily Press Briefing with Acting Deputy Spokesperson Jeff Rathke, scheduled to start at approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Visit to Somalia

On May 5, Secretary Kerry landed in Mogadishu, Somalia to reinforce the U.S. commitment to supporting Somalia's ongoing transition to a peaceful democracy. This is the first ever Secretary of State visit to Somalia. Briefing» Trip Page»

Date: 05/05/2015 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. © AP Image

The U.S. and Kenya

Secretary Kerry (May 4): "It's with the reality of our shared interests in mind that I come to Nairobi today to consult with the president and with the foreign minister about the many concerns that we share about our two countries in advance of President Obama's visit in July." Full Text» Trip Page»

Date: 05/04/2015 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters during a news conference after meeting with Kenyan government leaders, opposition leaders, representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Somali refugees in the Dadaab Refugee Camp while visiting Nairobi, Kenya. - State Dept Image

In Other News

Strengthening the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership

Secretary Kerry (May 2): "Sri Lanka’s newfound civil peace has to be nurtured; it must be allowed to grow and become stronger until it is, in fact, fully mature." Full Text» Press Avaliablity» Trip Page»

World Press Freedom Day

Secretary Kerry (May 5): "We will continue to speak out when journalists are unfairly arrested and detained; we will continue to raise these issues with foreign officials at every level; and we will continue to promote journalists' physical and digital safety." Full Text» Fact Sheet»

Elections in Togo

May 4: The U.S. congratulates the people of Togo on exercising their democratic rights peacefully during the April 25 presidential elections, and looks forward to continuing to work with President Gnassingbe. More»

Daily Press Briefing: Yemen

Acting Deputy Spokesperson Rathke (May 4): "We call upon all sides in the conflict to comply with international humanitarian law and to take all feasible measures to minimize harm to civilians." Full Text»

Global and Regional Cooperation

Ambassador Pressman (May 4): "More and more regional organizations are on the front lines of more and more conflicts. ... It is critically important for the United Nations -- and each of its member states -- to robustly support these efforts." Full Text»

Under Secretary Novelli's Travel to California

Under Secretary Novelli travels to San Francisco and Silicon Valley May 4-6 to meet with business leaders to discuss how the President's trade agenda will support economic growth by opening markets to American-made goods and services. More»


Date: 05/01/2015 Description: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2015: Indran Amirthanayagam - State Dept Image
Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have forged a proud legacy that reflects the spirit of our Nation. More»

Date: 03/28/2014 Description: Department of State by State Map - State Dept Image
State by State Map

The State by State Map details the work of the Department in each U.S. State, and all for about 1% of the Federal budget. More»

Date: 02/21/2013 Description: BusinessUSA Logo © GSA Image
BusinessUSA is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.

Date: 2014 Description: The United States Partners With the HALO Trust and its Team of Experts to Rid Mozambique and Zimbabwe of the Threat of Landmines and Unexploded Ordinance - State Dept Image
Mine Awareness Day

To Walk the Earth in Safety summarizes the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program. More»

Date: 01/31/2015 Location: Monrovia, Liberia Description: The Monrovia Medical Unit treats health workers that contract the virus in the line of duty. Photo by Neil Brandvold, USAID © USAID Image
Ebola Response

The United States is working with international partners to help respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus. More»

Date: 2015 Description: Renowned Afghan graffiti artist Shamsia Hasani strikes a pose reflected in her new work at Embassy Kabul.  © Photo by Joanne Lewa
Gender Equity in Afghanistan

The $216 million Promote effort represents a joint U.S.-Afghan commitment to create opportunities for Afghan women to become future leaders. More»


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