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Regional map of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs is headed by Acting Assistant Secretary of State Mari Carmen Aponte, who is responsible for managing and promoting U.S. interests in the region by supporting democracy, trade, and sustainable economic development, and fostering cooperation on issues such as citizen safety, strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law, economic and social inclusion, energy, and climate change. More about WHA»

Charting a New Course on Cuba

The United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. More» White House Fact Sheet»

Briefing on Venezuela

Under Secretary Shannon (Nov. 4): It’s a fragile but a very important process, and it’s a good-faith effort to find a peaceful way out of the political impasse that has crippled Venezuela." Full Text»

Date: 09/26/2016 Description: John Kerry sits with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Casa de Marques de Valdehoyos in Cartagena, Colombia as he visits the country to witness a peace ceremony between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that ends a five-decade conflict. - State Dept Image

Remarks with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 26): "The United States is very committed to being there with you, not just at the beginning – even before the beginning with Plan Colombia – but now as people will look to see the result." Full Text»

Global Demining Initiative for Colombia Ministerial

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 18): "Under President Santos’s leadership and after four years of very tough back-and-forth negotiations, Colombia, as we all know, has reached an agreement on a peace plan with the rebel group FARC." Full Text»

U.S. and Paraguay 

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 15): "I’m very happy to welcome Foreign Minister Loizaga of Paraguay here to Washington, and I want to thank him for the June dialogue that our countries had, for the strong partnership we have." Full Text»

46th Organization of American States General Assembly

Secretary Kerry (June 14): "The United States is deeply committed to working with all of you to promote sustainable growth and to create safe and prosperous communities for all of the people in the Americas. " Full Text»