News Section:  Department of State

State Department: On Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act

February 1, 2016

MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for joining us for today’s call. This afternoon we will have [Senior State Department Official]. He is going to provide an update on implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. As a reminder, today’s call is on background, and from here on out our speaker will be referred to as a senior State Department official. Again, he is a – this …click to read more…

State Department: Daily Press Briefing – February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016

tics as far as how he got in and that matter. I just don’t have that detail. QUESTION: Certain Syrian opposition groups are saying that Kurdish fighters are equipped with American vehicles and tanks and so on, that they are fighting along – or fighting against them, basically. Is that in any way credible? MR KIRBY: You’d have to talk to DOD. I’m not sure about what materiel or equipment …click to read more…

State Department: U.S.-UK Defense Trade Consultations

February 1, 2016

tics as far as how he got in and that matter. I just don’t have that detail. QUESTION: Certain Syrian opposition groups are saying that Kurdish fighters are equipped with American vehicles and tanks and so on, that they are fighting along – or fighting against them, basically. Is that in any way credible? MR KIRBY: You’d have to talk to DOD. I’m not sure about what materiel or equipment …click to read more…

State Department: Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act

February 1, 2016

Today the State Department submitted to Congress, as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the third annual report on the U.S. Government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, in concert with the Treasury Department, submitted to Congress the list of persons who have been determined, based on credible information, to meet the criteria described in that Act. The Act …click to read more…

State Department: Remarks at a Refugee Education Workshop at Stanford University

February 1, 2016

Thank you all very much. It is an honor to be here. It is especially wonderful to have this opportunity to spend some time with Mike [McFaul] and some other colleagues from administrations that I have worked in. Something is very wrong though, as I was told not to wear a tie, and here Mike is wearing a tie. We spent a lot of effort making sure we got this …click to read more…

State Department: Video Statement on Syria Negotiations

January 31, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: For almost five years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has disintegrated into a brutal conflict, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions both within and outside the country. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World War II. In recent months, a new and broad-based diplomatic initiative was launched, for the first time involving all of the key countries in the conflict. The …click to read more…

State Department: Getting the Endgame Right in Colombia

January 30, 2016

This Op-Edoriginally appeared in The Miami Herald. Fourteen years ago in the Colombian town of Bojayá, FARC guerillas launched an explosive that landed on the roof of a Roman Catholic church, killing 79 men, women and children who were huddled inside, seeking safety. A tragedy of such proportions was hard to comprehend even in a nation inured to the brutalities of conflict. But an event two months ago was in …click to read more…

State Department: Daily Press Briefing – January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016

2:12 p.m. EST MR TONER: Hi, guys. Happy first day of the week – work week. (Laughter.) Hope everybody survived Snowzilla okay. QUESTION: (Inaudible) for some people. MR TONER: That’s right. Oh, very, very well put, Brad. QUESTION: I assume the government folk were working. (Laughter.) MR TONER: I can assure you I was logged in the entire time ready for action. Anyway, welcome back, everyone, including Lesley. And it …click to read more…

State Department: Press Roundtable in Tokyo

January 27, 2016

AMBASSADOR SHANNON: Good afternoon, and thank you all very much for being here today. It’s a great pleasure and an honor for me to be here at the U.S. Embassy and have the chance to talk with all of you. As you know, I’m here on a short visit to Japan for two reasons – first to participate in the G7 political directors meeting hosted by the Japanese Ministry of …click to read more…

State Department: Remarks With Chinese President Xi Before Their Meeting

January 27, 2016

PRESIDENT XI: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary, a warm welcome to China. We really have a very crowded schedule here and you are just here for one day. And I know before coming here, you visited a couple of Southeast Asian countries. We welcome you to China. Generally speaking, the China-U.S. relationship has been smooth and on the way up in the past year. Often I think back to the visit …click to read more…