Secretary of State John Kerry accompanied President Barack Obama to Wales to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit on September 4-5. While in Wales, Secretary Kerry met with several foreign counterparts to discuss regional issues, including the United States’ ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government and the threats posed by ISIL. Following a meeting on ISIL, Secretary Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a joint statement, which you can read here.

Secretary of State John Kerry accompanied President Barack Obama to Wales to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit on September 4-5. While in Wales, Secretary Kerry met with several foreign counterparts to discuss regional issues, including the United States’ ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government and the threats posed by ISIL. Following a meeting on ISIL, Secretary Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a joint statement, which you can read here.

Joint Op-Ed by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron: ‘We Will Not Be Cowed by Barbaric Killers’
In a joint Op-Ed in the Times of London, U.S. President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the importance of the NATO alliance in confronting evolving challenges in the world today. The text of their Op-Ed appears below. 
 
"When Nato last met in Britain in 1990 the Cold War was ending. As Margaret Thatcher and President Bush, Sr. pledged to continue to stand together, many might have thought that a new era of peace and prosperity would make this great security alliance less relevant. But today Nato is as vital to our future as it has ever been.

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                                            NATO 2014

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Powerful, simple & inspiring. Malala on how we can end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child & forced marriage at last week’s Girl Summit.

ukinusa:

Powerful, simple & inspiring. Malala on how we can end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child & forced marriage at last week’s Girl Summit.

Friday Quiz: Secretary Kerry visited this historic address that has served as the official residence of British Prime Ministers since 1735. Can you name the address?

Yesterday, on the anniversary of his first trip as Secretary of State, Secretary Kerry hosted United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Department of State for a working lunch.

Yesterday, on the anniversary of his first trip as Secretary of State, Secretary Kerry hosted United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Department of State for a working lunch.

ukinusa:

Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion on ending and preventing sexual violence in conflict situations on 25 February at 1:45 pm EST, at the US Department of State.
The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov and will be tweeted live from @UKinUSA and @StateDeptLIVE using #TimetoAct and #GBV.
Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Catherine Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also participate in the discussion.
The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Washington Post. 
It will focus on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
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ukinusa:

Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion on ending and preventing sexual violence in conflict situations on 25 February at 1:45 pm EST, at the US Department of State.

The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov and will be tweeted live from @UKinUSA and @StateDeptLIVE using #TimetoAct and #GBV.

Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Catherine Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also participate in the discussion.

The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Washington Post. 

It will focus on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict and humanitarian emergencies.

Learn more ›

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Paris, London, and Rome on October 21-24. Learn more about his trip here and see more photos here!

The G-8 Summit in Lough Erne

 
Today, President Obama is in Northern Ireland for the G-8 Summit in Lough Erne, his fifth G-8 since taking office.

Following his remarks in Belfast yesterday, he held a number of meetings with world leaders ahead of the G-8, including a visit with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and a meeting with EU leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. MORE