Press Releases: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

Nearly twenty years ago in the United States Senate, I voted against the Defense of Marriage Act for a simple reason: No law should deny the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. Today, by making marriage equality the law of the land, the Supreme Court reaffirmed one of our … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Djiboutian National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Djibouti on your National Day on June 27.Djibouti and the United States share a commitment to protecting and securing the entire region. Our partnership has grown through close collaboration — including … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Terrorist Attacks in France, Kuwait, Somalia, and Tunisia

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrifying terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, Somalia, and Tunisia, where dozens of innocent civilians and, in the case of Somalia, Burundian peacekeepers, were killed and injured. We express our deepest sympathy to the victims’ … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Madagascar National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Madagascar as you celebrate your independence on June 26.We encourage all parties to advance Madagascar’s democratic principles and strengthen the rule of law.  Political stability is crucial to the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Deputy Secretary Blinken To Give Remarks at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will address members of the Diplomatic Corps, academics, think tank representatives and other attendees of the Center for New American Security’s annual conference at the JW Marriott on Friday, June 26, at 4:45 p.m. The Deputy Secretary will discuss the sustained … [Read more...]

Press Releases: New Voices: The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

On Tuesday, June 30, the inaugural group of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows will share their experiences at a public panel discussion at National Geographic Society headquarters. Recently returned from conducting research abroad, the fellows will present the results of their … [Read more...]

Press Releases: New U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Respond to Syria Crisis

The United States today announced more than $360 million in additional life-saving assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. This announcement was made by U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice at a White House event marking World Refugee Day. This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Briefing on the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: All right. Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Hello, everyone. It’s good to be here. Before I answer your questions, let me take a few minutes to talk about the 2014 reports and highlight some of the major developments that we have documented in this past year.As the Secretary … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Ambassador Jenkins Travel to Ukraine, France, and Lithuania for G7 Global Partnership, Global Health Security Agenda, and 2016 Nuclear Security Summit Meetings

Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, will lead a U.S. interagency delegation to Kyiv, Ukraine, June 25–26, to discuss the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (Global Partnership) efforts in biosecurity, biosafety, and … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary Biswal Travel to Honolulu

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Honolulu, June 26-27, for discussions with officials from India and Japan at the 7th U.S.–India–Japan Trilateral Dialogue. She will co-lead the U.S. delegation with Assistant Secretary of State for East … [Read more...]