February 20, 2015


DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 20, 2015

SECRETARY JOHN KERRY

9:15 a.m. Secretary Kerry meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY AT THE TOP)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

11:00 a.m. Secretary Kerry announces the new Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
Pre set time for video cameras: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers : 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

2:00 p.m. Secretary Kerry meets with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY AT THE TOP)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 1:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

2:30 p.m. Secretary Kerry hosts the swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 2:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

DEPUTY SECRETARY TONY BLINKEN

9:00 a.m. Deputy Secretary Blinken meets with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

10:00 p.m. Deputy Secretary Blinken meets with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:15 p.m. Deputy Secretary Blinken meets with Tunisian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs M’hamed Ezzine Chelaifa, at the Department of State
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

DEPUTY SECRETARY HEATHER HIGGINBOTTOM

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom attends meetings and briefings, at the Department of State.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY SHERMAN

Under Secretary Sherman, along with the U.S. negotiating team, is on travel to Geneva, Switzerland, for discussions with Iranian officials, in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. Please click here for more information.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS RICHARD STENGEL

8:30 a.m. Under Secretary Stengel delivers opening remarks at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on “The Role of the Private Sector in Countering Violent Extremism,” in Washington, D.C.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ROSE GOTTEMOELLER

1:15 p.m. Under Secretary Novelli meets with the George Washington University Chairman of the Capitol Archaeological Institute Deborah Lehr, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

COUNSELOR TOM SHANNON

2:00 p.m. Counselor Shannon participates in the swearing-in ceremony for the 180th A-100 class, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

CHIEF OF PROTOCOL PETE SELFRIDGE

2:30 p.m. Ambassador Selfridge assists with the swearing-in ceremony for the Ambassador-at-Large for ‎International Religious Freedom David Saperstein, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS NISHA DESAI BISWAL

8:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal delivers remarks at a breakfast in honor of Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, in Washington, D.C.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

3:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Biswal meets with Human Rights Watch South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AFFAIRS SHEBA CROCKER

11:00 a.m.
Assistant Secretary Crocker meets with Austrian Director General for Political Affairs Jan Kickert, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS ROBERTA JACOBSON

2:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Jacobson joins Secretary Kerry’s meeting with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY AT THE TOP)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 1:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR TOM MALINOWSKI

9:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Malinowski participates in the “U.S. – EU Human Rights Dialogue – Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion or Belief,” at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS CHARLES RIVKIN

Assistant Secretary Rivkin is on travel to Miami, Florida. Please click here for more information.

9:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Rivkin participates in a roundtable discussion with local business representatives, in Miami, Florida.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Rivkin tours the Port of Miami and meets with port officials, in Miami, Florida.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL MILITARY AFFAIRS PUNEET TALWAR

12:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Talwar meets with Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs Jeremy Issacharoff, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD

12:30 p.m. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield meets with Senegalese Minister of Interior and Public Security Abdoulaye Diallo, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

OFFICE OF GLOBAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE-STEPHEN RAPP

Ambassador Rapp is on travel to Kyiv to participate in meetings on international justice issues.

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES CATHERINE RUSSELL

10:15 a.m. Ambassador Russell meets with the First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, at the Embassy of Afghanistan, in Washington, D.C.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

DIRECTOR OF POLICY PLANNING DAVID MCKEAN

12:00 p.m. Director McKean attends a luncheon discussion with UN Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura, in Washington, D.C.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

2:00 p.m. Director McKean joins Secretary Kerry’s meeting with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Gonzalez Sanz, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY AT THE TOP)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 1:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.