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Diplomacy in Action

U.S.-Jordan Relations

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 13): "We really come at this with a very strong relationship and affection for each other and a sense of the mission. And I think Jordan could not have a more effective advocate for its interests and, in so many cases, our joint interest." Full Text»

State of the Union 2013

President Obama (Feb. 12): "We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all -- not only because it creates new markets, more stable order in certain regions of the world, but also because it’s the right thing to do." Full Text» DipNote»

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North Korean Announcement of Nuclear Test

Ambassador Rice (Feb. 12): "Countries around the world, including every member of the Security Council, agreed that this test was an extremely regrettable act that further undermines international peace and security, as well as that of the region." Full Text» President's Statement»

In Other News

Daily Press Briefing: Azerbaijan

Spokesperson Nuland (Feb. 13): "We urge the Azerbaijani Government to uphold its commitments to protect the safety and security of Mr. Aylisli and all of its citizens."  Full Text»

U.S.-Afghanistan Announce $18.2 Million in Good Performers Initiative Awards

Feb. 13: GPI awards are given to provinces that achieved or retained poppy-free status, reduced net poppy cultivation by more than 10 percent over the previous year, or made other exceptional counternarcotics efforts during the cultivation season. More» 

Assistant Secretary Posner's Travel

Feb. 13: Assistant Secretary Michael Posner traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Egypt February 4-12. More» 

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Feb. 13: The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board welcomes new member Laura Skandera Trombley, who was sworn-in on February 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. More»

Security and Defense Cooperation Forum

Feb. 13: The SDCF is a regular cooperative dialogue between Australia, Japan, and the United States, and has been held since 2007. More»

U.S.-Canada Relations

Secretary Kerry: "I'm pleased to be able to say that Canada and the United States stand shoulder to shoulder and work together as partners, as allies, and as trusted friends. And I look forward to our cooperation." Full Text»


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