Press Releases: Cuba: Planning Meeting for Human Rights Dialogue

United States and Cuban diplomatic delegations met today at the State Department to discuss the methodology, topics, and structure of a future human rights dialogue. The atmosphere of the meeting was professional, and there was broad agreement on the way forward for a future substantive dialogue, the timing … [Read more...]

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven

Vice President Joe Biden met today with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to discuss bilateral relations; European and global security issues; cooperation on counterterrorism and countering violent extremism; energy and the environment; and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). The … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Submission of the U.S. Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Climate change is the defining challenge of our generation, and the United States is committed to playing a leading role in the global effort to address it.I was in Beijing with President Obama last November when he outlined the United States’ ambitious post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions target … [Read more...]

Readout of the President’s Call with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

President Obama spoke today with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The President emphasized the importance of timely, credible, and peaceful elections that respect the DRC's constitution and protect the rights of all DRC citizens.  The President noted that … [Read more...]

Press Releases: EducationUSA Network Launches New Web Platform

The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network has revamped its web presence for international students, U.S. higher education professionals, and foreign governments and institutions at educationusa.state.gov to prepare American and international students for today’s global economy and better … [Read more...]

President Obama Grants Commutations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to the following 22 individuals: • Terry Andre Barnes – East Moline, IL Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; supervised release violation (distribution of cocaine base) (Southern District … [Read more...]

Readout of the President’s Call with President al-Sisi of Egypt

President Obama spoke with Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi today regarding the U.S.-Egyptian military assistance relationship and regional developments, including in Libya and Yemen.  President Obama informed President al-Sisi that he will lift executive holds that have been in place since October … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Equatorial Guinea: Concerns Regarding Arrests and Extrajudicial Restrictions on Movement

The United States is deeply concerned by reports of detentions and restrictions on movement of Equatoguinean citizens for political reasons. Guillermo Nguema Ela, a leader of the opposition party Republican Democratic Force (FDR) was detained on March 17, flown to his native village near the mainland city of … [Read more...]

First Lady Michelle Obama Teams up with Pbs and Wgbh Boston to Launch Fourth Annual Nationwide Healthy Recipe Challenge

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Invites Kids to Submit Healthy Lunch Recipes for a Chance to Win a Trip to Washington, D.C. and Attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House Washington, D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. … [Read more...]

Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SOUTH SUDAN On April 3, 2014, by Executive Order 13664, I declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in … [Read more...]