Washington, DC - When His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan visited Washington in December 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would renew its memorandum of understanding (MOU) of assistance to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at increased levels of support. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh signed this new MOU, which reflects our strategic partnership and the United States’ firm commitment to Jordan’s stability.

Pakse, Laos - Today, Counselor Tom Shannon and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne led a U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos. This is the first time the Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, have come together with the countries of the Lower Mekong to discuss the connection between water resources, energy needs, and food security.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP), along with Concordia and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) opened the application process for the second annual P3 Impact Award today, which honors exemplar public-private partnerships (P3s) from around the world.

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama: "The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL. 

Washington, DC - Ignoring repeated calls for change by governments, respected leaders, and groups of experts, the Venezuelan Government has continued to demonstrate a lack of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, attempting to stifle dissent by prosecuting political activists and cracking down on peaceful protests, which were triggered by deteriorating security, economic, social, and political conditions.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "The United States condemns ISIL’s vicious murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his wife, his family, and his loved ones, as well as to the people of Japan.