Washington, DC - The President called President of Ecuador Rafael Correa today to convey the condolences of the American people for the loss of life caused by the earthquake on April 16. 

Washington, DC - Secretary Kerry placed a call this morning to Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Guillaume Long to express condolences for the tragic loss of life in the earthquake.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Leaders from around the world are gathering in New York today for a United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem, the first such gathering to discuss drugs in a generation. The timing is opportune.

Washington, DC - The United States Navy Memorial hosted the 25th annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington Saturday.

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to share his concern over the status of the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.  President Obama stressed the importance of pressing the Syrian regime to halt its offensive attacks against the opposition. 

Matamoros, Mexico - In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Mexico, U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Mexico William Duncan, U.S. Consul General in Matamoros Angela Kerwin, and local officials broke ground today on the new U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros.