Washington, DC - The Secretary of State of the United States of America John F. Kerry and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria Daniel Mitov today reaffirmed the strong strategic partnership between the United States and the Republic of Bulgaria and discussed a broad spectrum of issues, including regional and global political and security challenges; defense and security cooperation; energy security and diversification; and the rule of law. They agreed to continue to collaborate through working groups focused on the following areas:

Washington, DC - The Department of State has designated ‘Abdallah al-Ashqar as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with ‘Abdallah al-Ashqar, and the freezing of all property and interests of ‘Abdallah al-Ashqar that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Washington, DC - The United States is shocked and saddened by the attack against former Foreign Secretary Riaz Rahman, and hope for his speedy recovery.

Washington, DC - Pakistan Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Islamabad on January 13, 2015, for the fifth Ministerial level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue. The last Ministerial level session of the Strategic Dialogue was held in Washington on 27 January 2014.

Washington, DC - The Department of State has designated Maulana Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Fazlullah, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Fazlullah, and the freezing of all property and interests of Fazlullah that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Washington, DC - The United States and Honduras have built a strong, longstanding relationship based on mutual respect, cooperation, and common goals. Today, the United States and Honduras held a High Level Security Dialogue and discussed areas where we can continue to work together to prevent and reduce crime, hold accountable narcotraffickers and other criminals, and further strengthen judicial institutions.