2015 Press Releases Pertaining to Western Hemisphere Affairs

01/05/16 Seating of the Venezuelan National Assembly;  Spokesperson John Kirby, Bureau of Public Affairs; Washington, DC
12/21/15 U.S.-Canada High Level Policy Review Group; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/18/15 Joint Statement by Secretary Kerry and Secretary Foxx on the U.S.- Mexico Air Transport Agreement; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/17/15 U.S.-Cuba Technical Talks Yield Civil Aviation Arrangement; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/15/15 Background Briefing on the Progress Made Toward the Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference
12/15/15 Briefing on the One-Year Anniversary of the President's Policy of Engagement With Cuba;  Charge d'Affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Cuba; Via Teleconference
12/15/15 Second Anniversary of President Obama's 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/11/15 United States and Cuba to Re-establish Direct Transportation of Mail; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/09/15 Joint Statement of the U.S.-Colombia Security Cooperation Coordinating Group; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/07/15 United States and Cuba Hold Claims Talks In Havana; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/07/15 Venezuelan Legislative Elections;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
12/04/15 United States and Chile Hold High Level Political Dialogue; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/03/15 Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Chilean Under Secretary Riveros Lead Bilateral Engagement; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/02/15 United States and Cuba Hold Counter-Narcotics Dialogue; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/01/15 United States and Cuba Hold Migration Talks; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/27/15 Barbados National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
11/24/15 U.S.-Cuba Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/23/15 Final Presidential Election Results in Argentina;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
11/20/15 Joint U.S.-Uruguay Statement on Supporting the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Through the Global Equality Fund; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/19/15 Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State David Thorne Travels to Mexico; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/13/15 Counselor Thomas Shannon To Visit Canada; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/09/15 United States and Cuba Hold Law Enforcement Dialogue in Washington, DC; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/03/15 Dominica Independence Day Message;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
11/03/15 Panama's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
11/01/15 Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
10/19/15 Taken Question: Comment on Decrease in Funding to Mexico to Combat Organized Crime; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
10/19/15 The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Construction Award for the New U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
10/16/15 New $5 Million Investment in Guatemala's Fight Against Corruption Announced by Deputy Secretary of State Higginbottom; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
10/13/15 Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom to Travel to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
10/06/15 United States and Nicaragua Extend Memorandum of Understanding; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
09/23/15 Colombia Peace Process;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/22/15 Assistant Secretary Charles Rivkin Travels to Cuba; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
09/21/15 Belize's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/21/15 Initial Design Team Shortlist Announced for New U.S. Embassy Project in Brasilia, Brazil; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
09/18/15 St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/17/15 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Addresses Latin American Judges at State Department-Funded Institute; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
09/16/15 Chile's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/16/15 Mexico's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/15/15 Nicaragua's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/14/15 Costa Rica's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/14/15 El Salvador's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/14/15 Guatemala's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/14/15 Honduras's National Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/11/15 Ambassador David Thorne to Lead U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Delegation to Panama and Colombia; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
09/11/15 Conviction of Leopoldo Lopez;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/11/15 United States and Cuba Hold Inaugural Bilateral Commission in Havana; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
09/10/15 Delegation Travels to Havana To Advance Normalization Process; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
09/10/15 Ecuador: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association;  Department Spokesperson John Kirby; Washington, DC
09/04/15 Brazil's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
09/03/15 First Meeting of the U.S.-Brazil Global Human Rights Working Group; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
08/29/15 Colombia-Venezuela Border Dispute;  Department Spokesperson John Kirby; Washington, DC
08/28/15 Trinidad and Tobago's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
08/24/15 Uruguay's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
08/11/15 Seventh Meeting of the United States-Chile Environmental Affairs Council and Fifth Meeting of the United States-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
08/07/15 Ecuador's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
08/05/15 Bolivia's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
08/04/15 Seven Central American Attorneys General to Meet With Assistant Secretary of State Brownfield; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
08/04/15 Venezuela: Banning of Opposition Members from Holding Office;  Deputy Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner; Washington, DC
07/30/15 U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue: Government Officials Review Accomplishments and Next Steps in Ongoing Collaboration; Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Washington, DC
07/27/15 Peru's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
07/23/15 Senior U.S. Delegation to the Community of Democracies Ministerial in El Salvador; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
07/20/15 Secretary Kerry Travel to Cuba;  Department Spokesperson John Kirby; Washington, DC
07/17/15 Background Briefing on Cuba; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference
07/14/15 2014 Human Rights Defender Award Ceremony for Azimjon Askarov and Foro Penal; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
07/13/15 Developments in the Colombian Peace Process;  Department Spokesperson John Kirby; Washington, DC
07/10/15 Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs Travels to El Salvador; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
07/06/15 Re-Establishment of Diplomatic Relations With Cuba; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
07/02/15 Venezuela's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
07/01/15 Background Briefing on Re-establishment of Diplomatic Relations With Cuba; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
06/30/15 Appointment of Lee Wolosky as Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
06/30/15 Canada Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
06/22/15 Visit of Counselor Thomas A. Shannon to Brazil; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
06/18/15 Joint Statement from the U.S.-Paraguay Political and Economic Dialogue; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
06/17/15 High Level Security Dialogue With the Northern Triangle; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
06/12/15 Deputy Secretary of State Blinken To Lead U.S. Delegation to the Organization of American States General Assembly in Washington, D.C.; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
06/05/15 Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Travels to Lima, Peru; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
06/02/15 WHA Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson, INL Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, and USAID Acting Assistant Administrator Beth Hogan Travel to Nassau, The Bahamas, for United States-Caribbean High-Level Citizen Security Dialogue; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/29/15 Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism;  Director Jeff Rathke, Office of Press Relations; Washington, DC
05/27/15 Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Travels to Colombia; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/21/15 Art in Embassies and U.S. Embassy Ottawa Partner with National Gallery of Canada on Contemporary Conversations Event Featuring Artist Nick Cave; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/21/15 U.S. Talks on Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations With Cuba; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/20/15 Fourth Round of U.S.-Cuba Talks to Re-establish Diplomatic Relations; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/20/15 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman to Travel to Canada; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/15/15 U.S. Department of State Trains Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic on Best Practices for Investigating and Prosecuting Document Fraud; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/14/15 Paraguay's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
05/08/15 U.S. Statement on Resignation of Guatemalan Vice President; Acting Deputy Department Spokesperson Jeff Rathke, Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/04/15 Policy Planning Director McKean Travel to El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/04/15 Statement by Assistant Secretary of State Roberta S. Jacobson;  Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Washington, DC
04/27/15 U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/24/15 Guatemala: Decision To Renew the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
04/24/15 Press Availability Following the Arctic Council Ministerial;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Cadet Hall; Iqaluit, Canada
04/23/15 U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue, High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue, and Action Plan for Racial and Ethnic Equality - April 27-28; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/20/15 Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter Travels to Costa Rica; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/17/15 Attacks Against the Colombian Military in Cauca; Acting Department Spokesperson Marie Harf, Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/17/15 Secretary Kerry to Deliver Remarks at the 45th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/14/15 Background Briefing on the Report Required To Rescind Cuba's State Sponsor of Terrorism Status; Via Teleconference
04/14/15 Recommendation to Rescind Cuba's Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
04/07/15 Ambassador Catherine Russell Travels to Panama and Mexico; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/06/15 Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter Travels to South America for Cyber Policy Consultations; Washington, DC
03/31/15 Cuba: Planning Meeting for Human Rights Dialogue; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/27/15 Visit of Counselor Thomas A. Shannon and Special Coordinator for Haiti Thomas C. Adams to the Dominican Republic and Haiti; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/17/15 Deputy Secretary Antony J. Blinken To Lead U.S. Delegation to the Organization of American States Special General Assembly for Election of New OAS Leadership; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/16/15 Joint Statement on the Signing of the U.S.-Mexico Memorandum of Understanding on Internships; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/13/15 Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson Travels to Havana; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/10/15 United States and El Salvador Extend Memorandum of Understanding To Protect the Cultural Heritage of El Salvador; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/05/15 Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall To Travel to Colombia; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
03/03/15 Joint Statement by the Presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and the Vice President of the United States of America Regarding: The Plan for the Alliance for Prosperity of the Northern Triangle; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
02/27/15 Dominican Republic's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
02/25/15 Background Briefing on Talks to Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations With Cuba; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
02/25/15 Second Round of U.S.-Cuba Talks to Re-establish Diplomatic Relations; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
02/20/15 Venezuelan Government Detains Key Opposition Figure;  Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki; Washington, DC
02/19/15 Response to Venezuelan Government Accusations about U.S. Involvement in a Coup;  Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki; Washington, DC
02/17/15 Condolences Following Accident at Haiti Carnival Celebrations;  Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki; Washington, DC
02/09/15 Art in Embassies and U.S. Embassy Ottawa Partner With National Gallery of Canada on Contemporary Conversations Series; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
02/02/15 Additional Visa Restrictions Against Human Rights Abusers, Individuals Responsible for Public Corruption, and Their Family Members in Venezuela;  Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki; Washington, DC
01/26/15 Secretary's Determination of Six-Months Suspension under Title III of Libertad; Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Washington, DC
01/23/15 Press Availability with Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson;  Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Havana, Cuba
01/22/15 Extended Bilateral Session with Cuba;  Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Havana, Cuba
01/22/15 Migration Talks with Cuba; Havana, Cuba
01/22/15 Press Availability following Re-establishment of Relations Talks;  Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Havana, Cuba
01/22/15 Talks to Re-establish Diplomatic Relations;  Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Washington, DC
01/20/15 Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson to Travel to Cuba; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/19/15 Briefing on the Upcoming Migration and Reestablishment of Diplomatic Relations Talks in Cuba; Via Teleconference; Washington, DC
01/12/15 U.S.-Honduras High Level Security Dialogue;  Deputy Department Spokesperson Marie Harf, Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/09/15 Marking Five Years Since the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
01/07/15 The U.S. - Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research; Foreign Service Officer Exchange Program; and Educational Exchange Programs; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/06/15 Joint U.S.-Mexico Statement on the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research: Connecting Tomorrow's Leaders Today; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/05/15 Fostering Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth in Chile; Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Washington, DC
01/02/15 The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Construction Award for the New U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/02/15 The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Design Architect for the New U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/01/15 Haiti's Independence Day;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC