Imperial Valley News
Washington, DC - President Obama will host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit on May 13, 2016. This event follows the convening of Nordic leaders during the President’s trip to Sweden in September 2013.
Washington, DC - The United States views as an important step the agreement reached today between the EU and Turkey on responding to the unprecedented flow of refugees and migrants in the region. We commend Turkish efforts to date in generously hosting more than 2.7 million refugees from Syria.
Washington, DC - I am deeply concerned by the deterioration in the human rights situation in Egypt in recent weeks and months, including the reported decision this week by the Egyptian government to reopen an investigation of Egyptian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) documenting human rights abuses and defending the freedoms enshrined in Egypt’s constitution. This decision comes against a wider backdrop of arrests and intimidation of political opposition, journalists, civil society activists and cultural figures.
San Diego, California - Teresa and I were deeply saddened to hear of the death of former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle. My heartfelt condolences go to his husband, Michael Mronz, extended family, friends, and the German people.
Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:
Washington, DC - The United States and the Republic of the Philippines held the sixth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) on March 17-18, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The annual dialogue supported and reinforced the Alliance across a broad range of shared values, interests, and priorities. The Dialogue was co-chaired by Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel and Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear for the United States and Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Evan P. Garcia and Undersecretary of National Defense Pio Lorenzo F. Batino for the Republic of the Philippines.