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Diplomacy in Action

The U.S. and Colombia

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 5): "That strategy, which we are calling Peace Colombia - Paz Colombia - will support the Colombian Government’s efforts to provide security and economic opportunities in areas that are vacated by FARC." Full Text» More»

Date: 02/05/2016 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos following their working lunch and joint news conference at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. - State Dept Image

FGM/C in Egypt: One Activist's Story

Feb. 5: One of the hardest parts about tackling female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is the silence surrounding this problem. For this reason, FGM/C has become a hidden epidemic. DipNote» President's Statement»

Date: 02/05/2016 An Egyptian woman seen from a motorized rickshaw walks on a street, near the home of a 13-year old girl who died undergoing the procedure of female genital mutilation committed near Cairo, Egypt. Image from DipNote blog. © AP Image

Response to Syria Crisis: U.S. Assistance

Feb. 4: Secretary Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $601 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. Fact Sheet» Secretary's Remarks» Trip Page» DipNote»

In Other News

Daily Press Briefing: Zika Virus

Spokesperson Kirby (Feb. 5): "We have established here at the State Department a Zika coordination team and a broader working group to ensure a robust and coordinated department response." Full Text»» White House Blog»

U.S.-Cuba Technical Talks

The two countries met in Miami February 1-4 to exchange information and best practices on combating human smuggling and travel document fraud, which is important for ensuring safe, legal, and orderly migration. More»

Travel to Europe and California

Secretary Kerry will travel to Munich, Germany; Tirana, Albania; and Rancho Mirage, California from February 10-16. More»

New START Treaty

Feb. 5: Today marks the five-year anniversary of the New START Treaty, a landmark arms control agreement to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles. Secretary's Statement» DipNote»

Sri Lanka

Under Secretary Kennedy (Feb. 4): "Your solutions, if successful, can become the blueprint for future generations, in distant nations, who are trying to find their way back to peace, justice, and harmony." Full Text»

Travel to Djibouti

Deputy Secretary Blinken will travel February 7-9 to lead the U.S. delegation to the second annual U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum and hold other meetings. More»


Date: 11/23/2015 Description: Two women smile on an ad for USA Study Abroad. - State Dept Image
USA Study Abroad

Visit, our new resource for U.S. students to navigate the wide range of study abroad possibilities.

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: 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: 01/04/2016 Description: Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly a short film is projected onto the UN Headquarters to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. © USUN Image
U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

The United States is grateful for the opportunity to have served as the UN Security Council president for the month of December. More»

Date: 05/29/2015 Description: A man receives an interim care kit and is now able to better protect himself from Ebola. © USAID Image by Paloma Clohossey
Ebola Response

The United States continues to work with international partners to respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus. More»

Date: 11/02/2015 Description: A robotic car is programmed to display the social media hashtag #WiSci2015. - State Dept Image

The first WiSci camp aimed to reduce the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics. More»


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