Press Releases: U.S. To Host Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

Secretary of State John Kerry will open the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate hosted at the U.S. Department of State on April 19-20.He will be joined in the opening session by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who also is serving as President of the United Nations Framework Convention on … [Read more...]

Weekly Address: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President spoke about his commitment to combatting the threat of climate change and to keeping ourselves and future generations safe.  The effects of climate change can no longer be denied or ignored – 2014 was the planet’s warmest year … [Read more...]

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: The Effect of Climate Change on Our Community

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 AM ET, SATURDAY, April 18, 2015 WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: The Effect of Climate Change on Our Community WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s message, Katherine Vargas spoke about the President’s commitment to combatting the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: U.S. Deeply Concerned About Rising Tensions in Burundi

The United States is deeply concerned by the rising tensions in Burundi in advance of general elections beginning in May that, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, have led over 8,000 Burundians to flee to neighboring countries to escape intimidation and violence, including by the … [Read more...]

Readout of the President’s Call with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia

Today, the President spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to discuss recent developments in Yemen. The President reaffirmed the strong friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and underscored our commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security. The President and King Salman … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Attacks Against the Colombian Military in Cauca

The United States government offers condolences to the families of the eleven Colombian soldiers killed and the 20 soldiers wounded in Cauca on April 15. We reaffirm our continuing support to the government of Colombia in its efforts to end the nation’s 50 year conflict.We condemn the brutal attack in … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel Travels to New York

Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will travel to New York on Monday, April 20, 2015 to participate in a Council on Foreign Relations program, U.S. Rebalance to Asia Symposium: Perspectives on the Rebalance. Assistant Secretary Russel will take part in the opening event of … [Read more...]

Press Releases: U.S. Condemns Erbil Attack

The United States condemns the attack in Erbil today in which a vehicle-born improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated outside the U.S. Consulate and took a number of innocent lives. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who were injured and killed.All Chief of Mission personnel have … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary Crocker Travel to Geneva and Copenhagen

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker will be in Geneva April 20 – 22 to co-chair the spring meeting of the Geneva Group. The Geneva Group consists of seventeen of the largest contributors to the United Nations (UN) budget. The group meets regularly to discuss … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Joint Statement on the Third U.S.-Kyrgyz Republic Annual Bilateral Consultations

Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the accompanying Kyrgyz delegation to Washington for the third round of United States – Kyrgyz Republic Annual Bilateral Consultations on April 8-10, 2015. The Secretary and Foreign Minister … [Read more...]