Press Releases: Secretary Kerry Travels to Abuja, Geneva, Madrid, and Paris

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, on May 29 to lead the official U.S. delegation on behalf of President Obama for the inauguration of Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.The Secretary will travel later that day to Geneva, Switzerland, to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Ethiopia’s May 24 Parliamentary and Regional Elections

The United States commends the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation in generally peaceful parliamentary and regional elections on May 24. We acknowledge the National Electoral Board’s organizational efforts and the African Union’s role as the only international observer mission on the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: United States Concerned About Security Sector Reform in Lesotho

The United States is concerned that no one has been held accountable for the August 2014 political unrest and violence between the military and police, yet the Government of Lesotho has reinstated one of the most polarizing figures from that difficult period as Commander of the Lesotho Defense Force. Other … [Read more...]

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 05/26/15

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:50 P.M. EDT MR. EARNEST:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend.  Before we get started, I just want to point out that you heard from the President already this morning on two critically important issues that are on his … [Read more...]

Press Releases: On the Occasion of Azerbaijan’s Republic Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Azerbaijan as you observe Republic Day on May 28.Ninety-seven years ago, the people of Azerbaijan established the first secular democratic republic in the Muslim world. And since you declared independence from the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel Travel to New York City

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will travel to New York City on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 for a series of engagements to foster better understanding and discussion of U.S.–Korea relations among foreign policy experts and stakeholders in the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Foreign Assistance Evaluation Transparency Initiative

To increase the transparency of foreign assistance evaluation results, all State Department bureaus and offices conducting evaluations of external programs, projects and activities funded by foreign assistance will begin publicly sharing a summary of the results.The summaries are posted at … [Read more...]

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea

President Obama will welcome President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea to the White House on June 16.  President Park’s visit, her second to Washington since taking office, will underscore the strength and breadth of the U.S.-Republic of Korea partnership and demonstrate the close personal … [Read more...]

President Obama Signs Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 5-10, 2015. The President's action … [Read more...]

Letter — HEU Executive Order and IDLs

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Consistent with subsection 204(b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1703(b), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order that terminates the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13617 of June 25, 2012, and revokes that … [Read more...]