Press Releases: Submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (China, R.O.K., Iceland and Serbia) & U.S.-Brazil Climate Cooperation

Leaders from around the world are signaling loud and clear that taking action to address climate change is a top priority. As an important step, China, the Republic of Korea, Serbia, and Iceland all formally submitted their greenhouse gas emissions targets this week to the United Nations Framework Convention … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Taken Question: Readout of Deputy Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar

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Press Releases: Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States

The following is the text of a Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Begin Text:The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, express our deep concern about the ongoing violence … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Remarks at a Luncheon in Honor of President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff

DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN: (In progress) our nation’s first diplomat and one of the most brilliant scientific and literary minds in American history. He charted the Gulf Stream, he pioneered the study of electricity, he authored our first diplomatic treaty, and he helped forge a new ethos of … [Read more...]

Press Releases: 6th Annual Generation Prague Conference

From July 15-17, the Department of State, in partnership with The George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs, will host the 6th Annual Generation Prague Conference.In April 2009, President Obama delivered a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, stating America's commitment to seek … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Government of Jordan Issues $1.5 Billion in Bonds with U.S. Guarantees

Today, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan closed on its offering of a total $1.5 billion in sovereign bonds guaranteed by the United States of America. These guarantees are part of a broader U.S. commitment to support Jordanian stability, security, and economic growth. President Obama informed King Abdullah of … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Canada Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Canadian people on the 148th anniversary of the birth of your nation on July 1.The United States and Canada share a common democratic heritage, a fact I was reminded of last year when I visited Ottawa.Days after the senseless … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Democratic Republic of the Congo’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 55 years of independence.The United States is committed to working with you to address the security challenges that your country and the region face. We look forward to … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Appointment of Lee Wolosky as Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure

Today, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Wolosky, as the State Department’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure. Lee will lead our ongoing diplomatic engagement to make possible the closure of the Guantanamo detention facility in a timely manner, consistent with American interests and the … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Burundi: U.S. Regrets Decision To Move Ahead With Elections

The United States is deeply disappointed that the government of Burundi moved forward with parliamentary elections today despite woefully inadequate conditions for them to be credible, disregarding the strong urging of the African Union, the UN Secretary General and many other voices calling for a delay. We … [Read more...]