Pres Obama travels to Kenya and Ethiopia

President Obama spearks at  U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit - August 2014
President Obama spearks at U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit – August 2014

GES Nairobi The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 25-26. It will be the sixth annual gathering of entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, business leaders, mentors, and high-level government officials. The established tradition demonstrates the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to fostering entrepreneurship around the world. For more: http://www.ges2015.org .

Reinforcing the U.S.-Africa Partnership

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Last summer, the United States paved new pathways for our relationship with Africa by hosting the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Fifty-one African leaders joined President Obama in Washington for a discussion on “Investing in the Next Generation”, the theme of the Summit. This gathering resulted in $33 billion dollars in new commitments to support economic growth across Africa, as well as tangible U.S. and African efforts to improve security, promote human rights and good governance, and provide opportunities for Africa’s sizeable youth population.

As the White House announced earlier today, the United States is partnering with the Government of Kenya to host the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). The President will travel to Kenya this summer – his fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa and the most of any sitting U.S. president – where he will participate in bilateral meetings and attend this important event.

Launched by President Obama in 2009, GES will bring together more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and investors from across Africa and around the world to showcase innovative projects, exchange new ideas, and help spur economic opportunity. This year’s Summit in Kenya will have an overarching focus on generating new investments in entrepreneurs, particularly women and young entrepreneurs. Choosing Kenya as the destination for GES underscores the fact that Africa, and Kenya in particular, has become a center for innovation and entrepreneurship. Kenya is a world leader in mobile money systems like m-pesa and a driver of innovation, through creative spaces like “iHub.” These are just a few tangible demonstrations of the entrepreneurial spirit that is deeply rooted on the African continent.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/30/reinforcing-us-africa-partnership

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https://youtu.be/tEHnW0CSL54 US Kenya flagsUS Ethiopia flags . U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec – Remarks for Global Entrepreneurial Summit (GES)/POTUS Visit Press Conference July 23, 2015 Good afternoon, We are getting close to President Obama’s arrival in Kenya. His visit will be a truly historic moment for both Kenya and the United States, and underscores the fact that the United States’ partnership with the Kenyan Government and people has never been stronger. When the President arrives later this week, he will be the first sitting U.S. President to visit Kenya. By itself, this would be a momentous event. That the visit involves this President – a man with such deep personal and familial ties to Kenya – makes it even more meaningful. Let me take a moment to thank our partners in the Kenyan Government – and Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed in particular – for their exceptional assistance in ensuring that President Obama’s visit happens safely and efficiently. I have no doubt that, with our combined efforts, this visit will be a great success. For more: http://nairobi.usembassy.gov/sp072315.html .

June 19, 2015

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Ethiopia

In late July, President Obama will travel to Ethiopia for bilateral meetings with the Government of Ethiopia and with the leadership of the African Union. This visit, which will follow the President’s travel to Kenya, will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit by strengthening ties with our African partners and highlighting America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa. This will be the first visit of a sitting U.S. President to Ethiopia and to the African Union headquarters, underscoring our efforts to work with the countries and citizens of sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.

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. President Obama’s Kenya and Ethiopia Itinerary .

Thursday, July 23rd

President Obama travels to Nairobi, Kenya

Friday, July 24th

President Obama arrives in Nairobi, Kenya

Saturday, July 25th

President Obama delivers remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit
United Nations Compound, Kenya, Nairobi

President Obama visits the Power Africa Innovation Fair
United Nations Compound, Kenya, Nairobi

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
U.S. Embassy, Kenya, Nairobi

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony
Memorial Park, Nairobi, Kenya

President Obama participates in ceremonial welcome with Kenyan President Kenyatta
State House, Kenya, Nairobi

President Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Kenyan President Kenyatta
State House, Kenya, Nairobi

President Obama and Kenyan President Kenyatta participate in a joint press conference
State House, Kenya, Nairobi

President Obama attends a State Dinner
State House, Nairobi, Kenya

Sunday, July 26th

Safaricom Indoor Arena, Nairobi, Kenya

President Obama attends a civil society event
YALI Regional Leadership Center, Nairobi, Kenya

President Obama holds an interview with Capital FM
YALI Regional Leadership Center, Nairobi, Kenya

President Obama travels to Ethiopia

President Obama arrives Addidas Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Monday, July 27th

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
National Palace, Addidas Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome
National Palace, Addidas Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama holds bilateral meetings with holds a multilateral meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, the African Union and Uganda
Sheraton Addis, Addidas Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama joins Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia for a a press conference
National Palace, Addidas Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama attends a State Dinner with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
National Palace, Addidas Ababa, Ethiopia

Tuesday, July 28th

President Obama participates in a civil society event
Sheraton Addis, Addidas Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama tours Faffa Foods
Faffa Foods, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama delivers remarks to the People of Africa
African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Obama departs Ethiopia en route to the White House

Photos of President Obama in Kenya and Ethiopia

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US – Cuba Embassy

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Histiory of The Embassy of the United States in Havana Cuba

The United States established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba in 1902, opening the first U.S. Embassy in Havana in 1923.  The Embassy was closed in 1961 when the United States severed diplomatic relations.  During President Carter’s administration in 1977, the United States and Cuba signed an agreement establishing the U.S. Interests Section (USINT) in Havana, and the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC.  Under the formal protection of the Embassy of Switzerland, USINT operated out of the former U.S. Embassy building, which first opened in 1953.  On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the intention to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.  After six months of negotiations, the two nations officially renewed diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015, and USINT became U.S. Embassy Havana.

For more: http://havana.usembassy.gov/about-us.html

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Kerry to host Cuba foreign minister in Washington on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Monday, U.S. officials said, to mark the historic restoration of diplomatic ties between former Cold War foes severed more than five decades ago.

Kerry will host Rodriguez at the State Department after the Cuban official leads the formal reopening of the Communist state’s embassy, a hugely symbolic step in the thaw between the countries initiated by President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro in December.

The Cuban flag will be raised over its mission in Washington for the first time in 54 years. While the U.S. embassy in Havana will also be automatically reopened, no American flag will fly there until Kerry visits to preside over a ceremony, U.S. officials said on Friday. He is expected to travel there in August.

Rodriguez, the first Cuban foreign minister to visit Washington since around the time of the Cuban Revolution, will have a substantive discussion with Kerry instead of “just a passing handshake,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

He said the agenda would cover areas of possible cooperation, such as global health and the Cuban people’s expanded “access to telecommunications,” as well as points of contention, including Cuba’s human rights record and U.S. fugitives sheltering on the island.

Re-establishment of ties, agreed on July 1 after several rounds of talks, will be the latest phase in a normalization process expected to move slowly because of lingering disputes as well Havana’s desire to keep a tight rein on Cuba’s society and its state-run economy.

A U.S. economic embargo against Cuba will remain in place, and only Congress can lift it.

For more: http://goo.gl/NbYbxz

#USCuba

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to the U.K. & Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the United Kingdom and Italy First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to London, Milan, and Vicenza from June 15-21, 2015.  Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama. As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative and following her recent visits to Japan and Cambodia, the First Lady will visit London where she will meet with students and discuss how the UK and the U.S. are working together to expand access to girls education around the world – supporting adolescent girls in completing their education. As part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady will lead a Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 representing our steadfast commitment to a healthier nation.  The Presidential Delegation will tour the USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” and participate in activities to lift up efforts to support healthier families and communities. And as part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will visit members of the military and their families stationed in Vicenza, Italy.  The First Lady will also visit cultural sites in Venice before returning to Washington, DC.

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, speaks as Justine Greening the Secretary of State for International Development  and Bina Contreras, look on - Mulberry School for Girls, London (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, speaks as Justine Greening the Secretary of State for International Development and Bina Contreras, look on – Mulberry School for Girls, London (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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First Lady Michelle Obama’s UK & Italy Itinerary

Monday, June 15th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to London

Tuesday, June 16th
First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive in London
Stanstead Airport, London, England

Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama visit with students
Mulberry School for Girls, London, England

First Lady Obama delivers remarks on the ‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative
Mulberry School for Girls, London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, Peace Corps, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and students on expanding access to girls education around the world
Mulberry School for Girls, London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha
Downing Street, London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with The Prince Henry of Wales
Kensington Palace, London, England

Wednesday, June 17th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to Milan
First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive in Milan

First Lady Obama meets with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife
Milan, Italy

First Lady Obama and the Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 tour the expo exhibit
Expo 2015, Milan, Italy

First Lady Obama and the Presidential Delegation to tour the expo exhibit at the USA Pavilion
Expo 2015, Milan, Italy

First Lady Obama and The Presidential Delegation participate in activities to lift up efforts to support healthier families and communities
Expo 2015, Milan, Italy

Thursday, June 18th

First Lady Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama tour Milan with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife
Milan, Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Italy Itinerary

Friday, June 19th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to Vicenza

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the US Army North to meet American military families
Vicenza, Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama travel to Venice

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive in Venice

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama tour the canal-crossed UNESCO World Heritage site
Venice, Italy

Saturday, June 20th

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Marian Robinson, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama depart Venice

Follow First Lady Michelle‘s UK & Italy Travels: http://www.whitehouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn

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G7 Summit 2015

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The Group of 7 (G7) is a group consisting of the finance ministers and central bank governors of seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary FundCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom, and the United States meeting to discuss primarily economic issues. The European Union is also represented within the G7. The G7 are the seven wealthiest major developed nations by national net wealth, representing more than 64% of the net global wealth ($263 trillion) according to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report October 2014. The IMF’s Managing Director usually participates. Recent G7 meetings include that of May 2013 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom with an emergency meeting in The Hague, Netherlands on March 24, 2014. Most recently, there was a meeting in Brussels on June 4, 2014.

The G7’s precursor was the ‘Group of Six’, founded ad hoc in 1975, consisting of finance ministers and central bank governors from FranceWest GermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom and the United States, when Giscard d’Estaing invited them for an “informal gathering at the chateau of Rambouillet, near Paris […] in a relaxed and private setting”.  The intent was “to discuss current world issues (dominated at the time by the oil crisis) in a frank and informal manner”.  Canada became the seventh member in 1976, after which the name ‘Group 7′ or G7 was used.  During 1986–87 the G7 with its finance ministers and central bank governors superseded the G5 as the main policy coordination group, particularly following the Louvre Accord of February 1987, agreed by the G5 plus Canada and endorsed by the G7.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7

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Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, US, European Council & European Commission
Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, US, European Council & European Commission

G7 Summit 2015 
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will be meeting at Schloss Elmau in Upper Bavaria on 7 and 8 June 2015. In addition to the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, they will be discussing the UN conferences to be held in 2015 as well as the post-2015 agenda.

Other key issues they will be addressing include:

  • Protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency,
  • Antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola,
  • Retail and supply chain standards, and
  • Empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training.

The leaders of the G7 countries will also discuss energy security, including as part of the Rome G7 Energy Initiative. In addition, they will continue the ongoing G7 process in regard to development policy.

A community of shared values
The G7 countries have a special responsibility when it comes to shaping our planet’s future. As a community of shared values, the G7 must work towards establishing peace and security and ensuring people can live a self-determined life. Freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, peace and security, prosperity and sustainable development are core principles agreed by the G7.

“The heads of state and government of the G7 do not accept the Russian Federation’s illegal annexation of Crimea. As a community of values, they have therefore decided to hold their meetings without Russia until further notice.”

Foreign and security policy
The G7’s commitment to pursue a common foreign and security policy is extremely important given the numerous political crises the world over. In March 2014 the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then meetings have continued within the G7 process.

Sustainable economic growth and free trade
The G7 countries are key actors in international economic relations, and as such they carry great responsibility for creating reliable, sustainable and viable global economic conditions. Dynamic and sustainable growth in industrialised, newly industrialising and developing countries is easier to achieve if those countries are agreed on basic issues around economic development, cross-border trade and an effective, prudent financial market architecture.

That is why the G7 will continue to work towards establishing an enabling environment that is stable in the long term in order to promote dynamic, sustainable economic growth. Sound finances, open global markets and a well-functioning labour market have a key role to play in that. The G7 states will together continue to promote international trade.

For more: http://www.g7germany.de/Webs/G7/EN/Home_en/home_node.html

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President Obama’s Europe Intinerary

Saturday, June 6

President Obama travels to Munich, Germany for the G7 Summit

Sunday, June 7

President Obama arrives in Munich, Germany

President Obama travels to Krün, Germany

President Obama joins German Chancellor Merkel in meeting with the citizens of the town of Krün
Krün, Germany

President Obama participates in a walk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Krün, Germany

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
Krün, Germany

President Obama attends a G7 welcome ceremony
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on the global economy, growth and values
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on trade and standards
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 family photo
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in attending a cultural performance for the leaders
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in a working dinner
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

Monday, June 8

President Obama meets with French President Hollande
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on energy and climate
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 sessions focusing on terrorism
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama joins other leaders in a working lunch on development issues
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi  hold a bilateral meeting
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama holds a press conference
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany

President Obama departs Krün, Germany

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US-GCC Summit

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US-GCC Summit Dates Announced

Published: April 17, 2015 Patrick W. Ryan | SUSRIS

The White House today announced May 13-14, 2015 as the dates for the US-GCC Summit proposed by President Obama. Gulf Cooperation Council leaders — Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman — will meet on May 13 at the White House and May 14 at Camp David, Maryland. The summit was mentioned by President Obama in his April 2, 2015 Rose Garden remarks where he announced the P5+1 and Iran framework agreement.

The summit comes as the United States and its GCC allies face mounting regional security challenges. The U.S. and most of the GCC states are involved in two international coalitions cobbled together, first an American-led campaign begun last summer to push back and destroy the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and second a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen launched March 26th to stop the Houthi rebels. The United States agreed to provide “logistical and intelligence support” in the case of Yemen. In announcing that support the White House noted, “The United States coordinates closely with Saudi Arabia and our GCC partners on issues related to their security and our shared interests.”

For more:http://susris.com/2015/04/17/us-gcc-summit-dates-announced/ .

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United States-GCC Summit
May 13 – 14, 2015
White House, Washington D.C.
& Camp David, Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland

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White House State Dinner

December 12, 1874  King David Kalākaua of Hawai'i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
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Great Seal of the United States
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Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawai’i

From the Archives: State Dinners at the White House

King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on December 12, 1874 by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant.  In the years that have followed, State Dinners have come to signify the utmost respect for visiting heads of state.  Each State Dinner is an historic event with the power to cement friendships with allies and foster cooperation with warming relations.

Months of meticulous planning go into a State Dinner and thorough research is conducted to celebrate the guest of honor’s country, culture, and favored preferences.  Hallmarks of American culture are also chosen, often by the First Lady.  Together, these considerations are translated into details both large and small, including invitations, menus, guest lists, and entertainment.  The results can be a form of diplomatic dialogue between the host and guest cultures.

For more: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/index.php?s=%27state+dinner%27

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March 23, 2015

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Abe of Japan

President Obama will host Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan for an official visit to the White House on April 28, including a State Dinner that evening. The two leaders will celebrate the strong global partnership that the United States and Japan have developed during the 70 years since the end of World War II, and underscore the common values and principles that have made the bilateral relationship so enduring. President Obama and Prime Minister Abe will discuss a range of economic, security, and global issues, including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan’s expanding role in the Alliance, and climate change.

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Japan State Dinner Press Preview and Spousal Program

Monday, April 27, 2015

The White House * 11:00 AM – On Monday, April 27 in the State Dining Room, the Office of the First Lady will host a press preview of Tuesday night’s Japan State Dinner and unveil the Obama State China Service.

As is tradition, First Lady Michelle Obama participated in the design and selection of the State China. The purchase of this China Service was funded by a special donation from the White House Endowment Trust of the White House Historical Association, a private nonprofit organization.

In addition to the Obama State China Service, sample place settings for the State Dinner will be on display for photos and b-roll. Officials and Executive Residence staff will deliver brief remarks and answer questions on background.

Tuesday evening’s dinner marks the eighth State or Official Visit of the Obama Administration; previous visits include: India in November 2009, Mexico in May 2010, China in January 2011, Germany in June 2011, Korea in October 2011, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in March 2012, and France in February 2014.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Abe and his wife, Mrs. Akie Abe to the White House
South Lawn

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe hold a bilateral meeting
The Oval Office

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe tour a Japanese Immersion classroom
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe deliver remarks at a school-wide assembly
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe hold a press conference
Rose Garden

Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister Abe
The Department of State

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe watch a performance of Taiko drummers and student vocalists
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe plant a Kwanzan cherry tree in their Japanese Garden in commemoration
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Japanese Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe
North Portico

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take an official photo with Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe
Grand Staircase

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe deliver toasts at the State Dinner
East Room

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception with Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe
State Dining Room

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) welcome Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his wife Akie Abe (L) for a State Dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) welcome Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his wife Akie Abe (L) for a State Dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
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Earthquake in Nepal

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APRIL 25, 2015  POSTED BY DIPNOTE BLOGGERS

There was a 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that occurred approximately 50 miles from Kathmandu at noon local time. There is significant property damage in Kathmandu.  Secretary of State John Kerry conveyed deepest condolences to all those affected, including families in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.

The U.S. Embassy in Nepal is currently conducting accountability checks of U.S. Embassy personnel and U.S. citizens.  The U.S. Embassy issued an emergency message advising all U.S. citizens to shelter in place if they are in a safe location. Any American citizens needing assistance should contact the Embassy at (+977 1) 423 4068, 423 4120, 423 4494, 423 4269, 423 4340, 423 4542, or 423 4144 or if in the United States can contact the State Department directly at 1-888-407-4747.

We encourage people in the United States to contact the State Department at NepalEmergencyUSC@state.gov or 1-888-407-4747 to provide us with information about U.S. citizens who may be in need of assistance in Nepal.

We are closely working with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support.  Ambassador Peter W. Bodde is in touch with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office Of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) about the U.S. response to the Nepal earthquake.  USAID has a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on its way, and OFDA activated a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue team specializing in urban search and rescue to deploy with the DART to help in the response efforts.  In addition, the U.S. Mission in Nepal will contribute $1 million in initial assistance to support disaster relief efforts.

Please follow @USEmbassyNepal@theOFDA, and @StateDept on Twitter and ‘like’ the U.S. Embassy in Nepal on Facebook for updates.

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Nepal

The American people express deep condolences for the lives lost in today’s earthquake.  The earthquake and subsequent landslides caused widespread damage and loss of life in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. The United States is deploying a team of disaster response experts to Nepal, is providing an initial one million dollars in disaster relief assistance, and stands ready to assist the Government and people of Nepal and the region further in this time of need.

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April 25, 2015 Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry

I join the people of the United States in expressing our deepest condolences to all of those affected by today’s earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.

We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support. Ambassador Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance. USAID is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation.

To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.

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April 29, 2015  President’s Call with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepal

The President spoke today with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepal to convey the deep condolences of the American people for the loss of life and massive destruction caused by the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. They discussed the ongoing efforts by U.S. civilian and military personnel to assist the Government of Nepal and international organizations in the disaster response efforts, including with rescue and logistics support. The President pledged that the United States will do all that it can to help the people of Nepal in their time of need.

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How You Can Help

  • For individuals and US community groups looking to learn the best ways to help the relief efforts, please visit the Center for International Disaster Information (www.cidi.org).
  • The best way to help those affected is to make a monetary donation to a reputable humanitarian organization working in the disaster zone. As a U.S. government agency, USAID does not accept donations for its crisis response efforts, but non-governmental organizations have issued appeals for donations.
  • There are several ways to identify reputable, established organizations that make the most of monetary or material donations, including InterAction (www.interaction.org), a coalition of non-profit humanitarian organizations, and GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.org), which lists disaster-recovery projects worldwide, including in Nepal.
  • “Watchdog” organizations that offer information on responding organizations include The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (give.org), The American Institute of Philanthropy (www.charitywatch.org), GuideStar (www.guidestar.org), and Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org).
  • For groups responding on the ground who want to know how to connect and coordinate, visit the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) site (www.unocha.org). In addition, the United Nations maintains ReliefWeb (www.reliefweb.int), a repository of information listed by disaster, submitted by responding humanitarian organizations.

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