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President Trump has approved a new policy on the export of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This pol…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:45

President Trump has approved a new policy on the export of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This policy updates and replaces the previous policy announced February 17, 2015. This policy will apply to all U.S.-origin UAS transfers, whether under the authority of the United States Munitions List (USML) or the Commerce Control List (CCL).

This policy advances five primary objectives with respect to UAS transfers:

--Increases trade opportunities for U.S. companies: We will remove barriers to the global UAS market and avoid ceding export opportunities to competitors where such self-imposed restrictions are unwarranted.

--Bolsters partner security and counterterrorism capabilities: We will facilitate international partners’ access to U.S. UAS in situations where it will enhance those partners’ security and their ability to advance shared security or counterterrorism objectives.

--Strengthens bilateral relationships: We will use UAS transfers as a means to strengthen U.S. security relationships when stronger bilateral ties and greater interoperability serve broader U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.

--Preserves U.S. military advantage: We will work to prevent state or non-state actors from gaining capabilities that would undermine the safety and security of the United States and our allies and partners.

--Prevents the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) delivery systems: We will protect the integrity of international nonproliferation agreements and arrangements that prevent proliferators, non-state actors, and other programs of concern from acquiring missile technology and other technologies that would substantively advance their ability to deliver WMD, or otherwise lead to a transfer to potential adversaries of capabilities that would threaten the superiority of the U.S. military or the shared security or counterterrorism objectives of our allies and partners.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xQWTq

U.S. Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems

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On April 18, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe participated in a working lunch, and later a p…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:41

On April 18, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe participated in a working lunch, and later a press availability. During the press conference, President Trump addressed a range of issues from the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea and U.S.-Japan security cooperation, to the U.S.-Japan trade relationship.

A Strong U.S.-Japan Alliance: President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Abe for Official Working Visit

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On April 17-18 at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their t…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:28

On April 17-18 at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their third meeting and affirmed their strong determination to strengthen our shared resolve on North Korea, and increase the capability of the U.S.-Japan Alliance to confront all emerging threats to peace, stability, and an international order based on the rule of law. The two leaders expressed their joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and an enhanced U.S.-Japan economic relationship.

President Trump Hosts a Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minister of Japan

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When people are healthy, nations have a chance to prosper and develop. If mothers die in childbirt…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:23

When people are healthy, nations have a chance to prosper and develop. If mothers die in childbirth and newborns do not make it to their fifth birthday, nations suffer because they are deprived of their most important asset: their people.

Let’s face it: In the 21st century, no one should die of preventable causes, let alone because of childbirth or an infectious disease that can easily be treated. And being poor should not be a barrier to accessing quality health services.

For these reasons, USAID works with countries to ensure that populations, especially the poor and marginalized, have access to safe, effective and quality health care services and that the burden of out-of-pocket health care spending is minimized.

Strong Health Systems Increase Access to Quality Health Care for All

When people are healthy, nations have a chance to prosper and develop. USAID supports health care systems that meet people’s needs for services at prices they can afford.

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President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush On this…

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:35

President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
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President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, …

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On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber detonated a one-half-ton pickup truck laden with 2,000 pounds …

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:21

On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber detonated a one-half-ton pickup truck laden with 2,000 pounds of TNT near the front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. It was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission to date, and changed the way the U.S. Department of State secured its resources and executed its missions overseas.
https://go.usa.gov/xQDE5

Remembering the 1983 Suicide Bombings in Beirut: The Tragic Events That Created the Diplomatic Security Service

On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber detonated a one-half-ton pickup truck laden with 2,000 pounds of TNT near the front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans.

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Join us for a Facebook Live with U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Tru…

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:56

Join us for a Facebook Live with U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Trujillo on U.S. Engagement at the Summit of the Americas on Friday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Submit your questions now. https://goo.gl/PZowJc #SummitPeru

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Through an innovative partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge…

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:50

Through an innovative partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Georgia Compact is shaping the next generation of Georgian and U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders. The compact offers the opportunity for Georgia’s best and brightest young adults to pursue U.S. bachelor’s degrees in subjects such as chemistry and computer engineering without leaving their home country, positioning them to enter the workforce with the skills needed to make Georgia, a key U.S. strategic partner in the region, a more prosperous and stable country. An exchange program allows U.S. students to study abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, and Georgian students to study abroad at SDSU’s main campus in California, affording them an opportunity to gain important global experience.

Shaping the Next Generation of Georgian and U.S. STEM Leaders

Through an innovative partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Georgia Compact is shaping the next generation of Georgian and U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders.

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In the latest edition of "The Readout," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.…

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:48

In the latest edition of "The Readout," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas K. Yazdgerdi and Zygmunt Rolat, a Polish Jewish citizen who survived the Holocaust, immigrated to the United States, and became a founding donor of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Mr. Rolat served as the keynote speaker at the State Department event observing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018. The event was cosponsored by the State Department and the embassies of Israel and Poland on April 11, commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and honored the memory of Mrs. Irena Sendler, a Polish citizen who defied the Nazis to save thousands of victims -- including an estimated 2,500 Jewish children -- by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.
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The Readout: A Conversation About the Holocaust by U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert has a conversation with Holocaust Survivor Zygmunt Rolat and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas Yazdgerdi.

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Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones, and t…

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:07

Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones, and the gap between men and women’s uses of the Internet has grown steadily over the past three years. This digital gender divide is reinforcing existing socioeconomic gaps between women and men.

On International Women’s Day 2018, USAID convened many of our U.S. Government colleagues who are working to empower women globally, including Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. We had a fruitful discussion on the importance of closing the digital gender divide, and I had the pleasure of officially opening the call-for-solutions for USAID’s newest initiative aimed at bridging this gap: the WomenConnect Challenge. https://go.usa.gov/xQDqK

Three Women Who Are Bridging the Digital Gender Divide

Meet entrepreneurs who bring women into the digital world through empowerment and innovation. Their innovative businesses are examples of the types of divide-closing solutions USAID is looking for in the WomenConnect Challenge.

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Read Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward's remarks to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weap…

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:35

Read Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward's remarks to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) 58th Meeting of the Executive Council: https://go.usa.gov/xQjGA

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Do you speak Spanish? Have questions about U.S. engagement at the Summit of the Americas? Join @US…

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:03

Do you speak Spanish? Have questions about U.S. engagement at the Summit of the Americas? Join @USAenEspanol for a Twitter Q&A on April 18 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Submit your questions using #AskState.

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Vice President Mike Pence & Acting Secretary John Sullivan are at the Summit of the Americas this …

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:21


Vice President Mike Pence & Acting Secretary John Sullivan are at the Summit of the Americas this week. #SummitPeru #CumbrePeru

Follow @StateDept on Snapchat for a bilingual behind-the-scenes recap!

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers a statement during a meeting o…

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:09

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers a statement during a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, on April 14, 2018. Go to usun.state.gov for more information.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley Regarding Strikes on Syria

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President Donald J. Trump addressed the nation to announce a combined operation -- with the #Unite…

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:57

President Donald J. Trump addressed the nation to announce a combined operation -- with the #UnitedKingdom and #France -- of precision strikes against sites associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of the #Assad regime in #Syria. Go to www.WhiteHouse.gov for more information.

President Trump Addresses the Nation on Syria

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Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan flanked by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Overs…

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:37

Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan flanked by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Overseas Private Investment Corporation President and CEO Ray Washburne, delivers opening remarks at the Press Announcement on women’s economic empowerment in Lima, Peru.
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President Donald J. Trump proclaimed April 14, 2018 Pan American Day and April 8 - 14, 2018 Pan Am…

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:21

President Donald J. Trump proclaimed April 14, 2018 Pan American Day and April 8 - 14, 2018 Pan American Week. During these commemorations, the President recognized the 128th anniversary of the First International Conference of American States, which concluded 70 years ago on April 14th, and paved the way for the establishment of the Organization of American States in 1948.

On this milestone anniversary of the Organization’s founding, Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Lima, Peru to represent President Trump and lead the U.S. delegation at the Eighth Summit of the Americas. From April 11 through April 14, the Vice President, joined by Acting Secretary of State Sullivan, will meet with leaders in the Pan American region to discuss ways to strengthen the region’s collective commitment to representative democracy, to government accountability, and to confront threats to freedom. During the Summit, the United States will promote priorities of mutual interest to the region, including supporting democracy; addressing the political and humanitarian crisis and restoring democracy in Venezuela; stemming corruption and transnational crime, and promoting economic prosperity in the Western Hemisphere, including women’s economic empowerment.

Partnering with the Americas for a More Prosperous and Secure Future for the Region

During 2018 Pan American Week and at the 2018 Summit of the Americas, the United States reaffirms its commitment to partner with the nations of the Americas to advance security, economic and energy prosperity, and democratic governance throughout the hemisphere.

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Transitioning out of the military was a difficult choice for Faisal Khan. After spending nearly ei…

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:19

Transitioning out of the military was a difficult choice for Faisal Khan. After spending nearly eight years on active duty, he only had 12 more years to go before retirement, but he felt it was time to move on and serve the public in a different capacity -- as a civilian. Faisal knew he wanted to pursue a career with the U.S. Department of State either as a Civil Service employee or Foreign Service officer.

He recognized the path to his dream job with State would not be a linear one given the level of competition. Faisal would need to work his way up to join the ranks of some of the most distinguished diplomats and civil servants the U.S. has ever produced. He also knew that the military had instilled certain values in him that he could leverage, such as confidence, leadership, cultural adaptability, and reliability among other dimensions.

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State Department Channels Veterans

State Department Recruiter Faisal Khan shares his experience transitioning from Veteran to Civil Service employee; encourages other vets to apply!

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Did you know tuberculosis (TB) kills more people than any other infectious disease? While this dis…

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:14

Did you know tuberculosis (TB) kills more people than any other infectious disease?

While this disease draws less attention than HIV or malaria, TB kills more people annually than either of those diseases combined.

How? The infection is airborne and can be spread when someone with the disease sneezes or coughs. People are especially vulnerable in crowded settings with poor air circulation, such as prisons, hospitals without adequate infection control measures, and poorly ventilated buildings.

Read more: https://goo.gl/d7yqy5

Containing Drug-Resistant Bacteria is a Global Challenge

How USAID helps countries in Eastern Europe tackle multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

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Today, the U.S. government announced nearly $67 million in additional humanitarian assistance for …

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:12

Today, the U.S. government announced nearly $67 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the DRC Humanitarian Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland.

With the assistance announced today, the United States is providing food, protection, shelter, health care, and other urgent aid for vulnerable Congolese and refugees in the DRC. This funding is also supporting the humanitarian response for new Congolese refugees in the region, including the construction of new settlements, water infrastructure, logistics, and other life-saving assistance. While the United States is disappointed that the government of the DRC elected not to participate in today’s conference, we nevertheless urge the government of the DRC to continue working to ensure that life-saving humanitarian assistance reaches those in need.

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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