Ambassador Johnson’s remarks at the Launch of the Mayflower Autonomous Vehicle

Because as we embark on this new era of marine exploration together it is clear to the world that in America and Britain and in countries like our old friend and partner, the Netherlands the pioneering spirit of the Mayflower really does live on!   Ambassador Johnson Plymouth #Mayflower400 September 16, 2020   Four centuries after ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo on the Nineteenth Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

Press Statement Nineteenth Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks MICHAEL R. POMPEO Secretary of State September 11, 2020 Today, we remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks in our country 19 years ago on September 11. We have made great strides to defeat al-Qa’ida and other ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy United Kingdom – August 28, 2020

U. S. Embassy London August 28, 2020   Location Central London, United Kingdom Event Scheduled and pop-up demonstrations as well as counter-protests are being planned for August 29 to September 1, 2020 across the United Kingdom. The majority will be focused in central London but may occur without warning in cities throughout the UK or ... Read More»

Information for U.S. Citizens in the UK (Coronavirus – COVID-19)

The information on this page was correct as of August 28, 2020 at 16:00 BST. U.S. State Department – Level 3: Reconsider travel to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 and exercise increased caution due to terrorism The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the United Kingdom due to COVID-19.   For information on what you can do to ... Read More»

On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 26, 2020 The United States is dismayed to learn that the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics against our friends in the United Kingdom continues. In the latest example, British bank HSBC has reportedly prevented Hong Kong-based executives at Next Media, a well-known publisher of pro-democracy ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Raab

August 24, 2020 Readout Office of the Spokesperson   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today in Jerusalem, Israel. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Secretary Raab discussed shared foreign policy priorities, including President Trump’s Vision for Peace. The Secretary and the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump Announcing the Normalization of Relations Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas, including tourism, education, healthcare, trade, and security. The White House August 13, 2020 Foreign Policy Oval Office 10:51 A.M. EDT THE ... Read More»

U.S. European Command Force Posture Policy Press Conference: Secretary Esper’s Opening Statement

Today the Secretary of Defense announced an update to the status of our U.S. European Command Force Posture review as a part of the department’s continued efforts to implement the National Defense Strategy.  Following the decision from the President in early June to reduce our force footprint in Germany, the Secretary provided direction to the ... Read More»

United States Applauds Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Condemnation of Syrian Regime Use of Chemical Weapons

The United States is applauding the Executive Council of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), for its adoption today of a decision that condemns Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Read More»

Britain and America must work together in the pursuit of liberty

This op-ed by Ambassador Johnson first appeared in the July 4th, 2020, edition of the Daily Telegraph . Earlier this week, President Trump and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II spoke by phone and reaffirmed the central importance of the Special Relationship in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. The term “Special Relationship” is worthy of reflection, particularly on this day which in 1776 marked ... Read More»

U.S. Independence Day a Civic and Social Event

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country. In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, ... Read More»

Joint U.S. and U.K. Readout of Call Between U.S. Secretary of Defense Esper and U.K. Defense Secretary Wallace

U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace spoke yesterday with U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, who visited Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall. They emphasized the continued importance of the two nations’ collaboration and friendship as we face challenges and opportunities together both now and in the future. Joint U.S. and U.K. ... Read More»

Designation of Additional Chinese Media Entities as Foreign Missions

Designation of Additional Chinese Media Entities as Foreign Missions PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 22, 2020 Over the past decade and particularly under General Secretary Xi Jinping’s tenure, the CCP has reorganized China’s state propaganda outlets disguised as news agencies and asserted even more direct control over them. He has stated “Party-owned media ... Read More»

Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19

Today, we’re providing approximately $93 million in new humanitarian assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus. This new funding will help people across the world, including throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America.   Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19 ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

We, the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union underscore our grave concern regarding China’s decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong. G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong Media Note Office of the Spokesperson June 17, ... Read More»

U.S.-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement

 This Technology Safeguards Agreement ensures proper handling of sensitive technology in line with our long-term partnership as Missile Technology Control Regime founding members. U.S.-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement Media Note Office of the Spokesperson June 17, 2020 On June 16, 2020, the United States and the United Kingdom concluded the Agreement on Technology Safeguards Associated with ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Treasury and State Sanctions on the Assad Regime

Today, at President Donald J. Trump’s direction, the Department of the Treasury and Department of State announced important sanctions designations on individuals and entities actively supporting the murderous and barbaric Assad regime in Syria. Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Treasury and State Sanctions on the Assad Regime The White House Foreign Policy June 17, ... Read More»

The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election

The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 15, 2020   Free elections are the path out of Venezuela’s deep political crisis.  Unfortunately, on June 12, the Maduro regime-controlled Supreme Court continued to manipulate the Venezuelan Constitution by illegally naming a ... Read More»

United States Designates Key Iranian Shipping Entities Under Proliferation Authority as Tehran Continues To Expand Proliferation Sensitive Activities

Today, sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd (E-Sail) have come into effect.   United States Designates Key Iranian Shipping Entities Under Proliferation Authority as Tehran Continues To Expand Proliferation Sensitive Activities PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 08, 2020 Today, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – June 03, 2020

U. S. Embassy London June 03, 2020   Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – June 03, 2020 Location:  Central London, Edinburgh, Belfast – United Kingdom Event:  Numerous demonstrations are being planned for June 3 to 7, 2020 across the United Kingdom.  The majority of the demonstrations will be focused in central London.  Several ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States continues to lead in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrated by recent announcements of new foreign assistance that are made possible through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action. UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson May 29, ... Read More»

PRC National People’s Congress Proposal on Hong Kong National Security Legislation

The State Department is required by the Hong Kong Policy Act to assess the autonomy of the territory from China. After careful study of developments over the reporting period, I certified to Congress today that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U.S. laws were ... Read More»

Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY ... Read More»

Standing with the Iranian People

Today, the United States is imposing financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Iranian individuals and entities under human rights-related authorities.   Standing with the Iranian People PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 20, 2020 Today, the United States is imposing financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Iranian individuals and entities under human ... Read More»

The United States Protects National Security and the Integrity of 5G Networks

The U.S. government today took another step to protect U.S. national security and the integrity of 5G networks by expanding the Commerce Department’s foreign direct product rule to restrict Huawei from circumventing U.S. law. PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 15, 2020 The U.S. government today took another step to protect U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. cracks down on COVID-19 scams

Let’s be clear: There is no vaccine yet to prevent COVID-19. But there are swindlers around the world trying to cash in on COVID-19 fears with bogus prophylactics and cures. They steal money from their victims and spread misinformation, says Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s San Antonio ... Read More»

The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research

  The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 14, 2020 The United States condemns attempts by cyber actors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research, as announced in a May 13, 2020 warning by the Federal Bureau ... Read More»

FBI and CISA Warn Against Chinese Targeting of COVID-19 Research Organizations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a public service announcement today warning organizations researching COVID-19 of likely targeting and network compromise by the People’s Republic of China.. Read More»

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

The White House May 8, 2020 Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental struggle. We pay tribute to those who ... Read More»

Britain and America rebuilt a world in ruins… and together we’ll do it again

This op-ed by Ambassador Johnson appeared in the May 07, 2020 edition of The Sun newspaper . AMBASSADOR JOHNSON:  Seventy-five years ago, the streets of Britain and America were filled with war-weary citizens celebrating the end of the long and terrible conflict in Europe. Sadly, we cannot hold street parties this year, but coronavirus will not stop us coming together in our homes and on our ... Read More»

Briefing With Senior Administration Official and Senior State Department Official On U.S. Global Leadership in the International COVID-19 Response

The U.S. is leading international coordination on the global fight against COVID-19 through the G7 presidency – mobilizing unprecedented international coordination across health, finance, humanitarian assistance, science, and technology sectors to save lives, restore economic growth, protect jobs, and support global trade and investment. Read More»

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, April 23, 2020

U.S. trials of the COVID-19 have been going on and have been approved in the United States, Germany, UK, and China. That’s big news. And we’re — a lot of trials are going on. We have a lot of great, brilliant minds working on this, both from the standpoint of a vaccine and therapeutics.   ... Read More»

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, April 14, 2020

America is continuing to make critical progress in our war against the virus. Over the weekend, the number of daily new infections remained flat nationwide. Flat. Hospitalizations are slowing in hotspots like New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Louisiana. This is clear evidence that our aggressive strategy to combat the virus is working and that ... Read More»

It’s a team effort in our collective fight against COVID-19

As our nations rally together in the global fight against COVID-19, it has been inspirational to witness the collective spirit of the American and British people.   As our nations rally together in the global fight against COVID-19, it has been inspirational to witness the collective spirit of the American and British people. I feel ... Read More»

Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad, April 06, 2020

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. WILLIAM WALTERS ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

The White House April 04, 2020 James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 4:15 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: It’s a busy time. Very busy time. And let me begin by again expressing our support, solidarity, and love for the people of our great country. We’re fighting for you and we’re enduring all of this together. And ... Read More»

Declaration by NATO Foreign Ministers issued following their meeting of 2nd April 2020

Declaration by NATO Foreign Ministers issued following their meeting of 2nd April 2020   We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO, meet today in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic which is affecting all Allies and partners, imposing a huge cost in lives lost, as well as a sudden and severe shock to our ... Read More»

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

“Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people and those who share our humanitarian values.  We are by far the largest contributors to organizations like the UN Children’s Fund and the World Food ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

Secretary Pompeo’s remarks including on Venezuela, repatriation of American citizens, Honduras, COVID-19 humanitarian assistance followed by Q&A.   Remarks MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. March 31, 2020   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It’s great to see you all.  I hope everybody’s keeping safe, healthy.  I want to talk about two important topics today.  ... Read More»

China’s Secrets and Lies turned COVID-19 Into a Global Threat

It is bad enough when conspiracy-theory cranks spread dangerous misinformation around the world. It is far worse, and more dangerous, when malign misinformation is spread by a government’s officials. And that is exactly what the People’s Republic of China has been doing, spreading false accusations about the origin and spread of the coronavirus. Read More»

UK Travel Information following Coronavirus (COVID-19) Proclamation

U. S. Embassy London March 12, 2020 (updated March 17) Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

  Remarks President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing The White House March 18, 2020 James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:06 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I would like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus. ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

As you all know, the Trump administration continues to put an enormous amount of energy into combating the Wuhan virus and protecting the American people.  We’re highly engaged here at the State Department on that critical mission.  I’ll talk about that a bit and happy to take some questions as well about what we’re doing ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the Government of Iraq must defend Coalition personnel supporting the Iraqi government’s efforts to defeat ISIS. Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi Readout Office of the Spokesperson March 16, 2020   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force

  Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing The White House Healthcare March 15, 2020 James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 5:15 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Beautiful day outside. And I think we have some great things to talk about. I’ll start by discussing the ... Read More»

Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus

Given the importance of protecting persons within the United States from the threat of this harmful communicable disease, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the United Kingdom, excluding overseas ... Read More»

Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Given the importance of protecting persons within the United States from the threat of this harmful communicable disease, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation

Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation The White House March 11, 2020 Oval Office 9:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world. Today, the World ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Has Taken Unprecedented Steps To Respond To The Coronavirus And Protect The Health And Safety Of Americans

Together we are putting into policy a plan to prevent, detect, treat and create a vaccine against coronavirus to save lives in America and the world. America will get it done! President Donald J. Trump White House Fact Sheet March 11, 2020   RESTRICTING TRAVEL FROM IMPACTED AREAS: President Donald J. Trump is taking further ... Read More»

Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force

The White House Press Briefings March 04, 2020   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 5:28 P.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  We just completed another meeting of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.  It’s been a very busy and productive day here at the White House. President Donald Trump has no higher priority than the ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab

The Secretary and Foreign Secretary also spoke about preparations to launch negotiations on a robust U.S.-UK free trade agreement. They discussed the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and the measures the United States and the UK are taking to help combat the outbreak in coordination with international partners U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson READOUT ... Read More»

Interview with Special Representative for Syria Engagement & Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador Jeffrey

Interview with Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James F. Jeffrey with Deniz Kilislioglu of NTV (Turkey) Interview Ankara, Turkey February 12, 2020   Question:   You have done with all your meetings with Turkish officials, and we know that it is a mess, a [loop].  We ... Read More»

Ambassador Johnson letter to the Sunday Times

With all respect to Lord Rooker, given differences in how our two countries report on food borne illnesses and then analyze the data, it is challenging to directly compare numbers.  These differences mean we are often in effect comparing apples to oranges and as result, I do not agree with his interpretation. The World Health ... Read More»

St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Day Service

For over a century, St Paul’s has had a special relationship with Americans. In 1903, J. Pierpont Morgan, the famous financier, donated the funds to bring electricity to the Cathedral.   Following World War II, the British people raised funds to build the American Memorial Chapel to replace the bomb-damaged east end of the Cathedral, which ... Read More»

NATO Summit 2019 London Declaration

NATO London Declaration PR (2019) 115 December 04, 2019 Issued by NATO Leaders at their meeting in London 3-4 December 2019 Today, we gather in London, NATO’s first home, to celebrate seventy years of the strongest and most successful Alliance in history, and mark the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain.  NATO guarantees ... Read More»

Readout of U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper’s Visit to London, United Kingdom

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper visited London where he reaffirmed the vital and strategically important defense relationship between the two nations in bilateral engagements with Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab, and National Security Adviser and Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill. U.S. ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Lord Mayor’s International Trade Dinner

Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you today grateful that that special relationship exists and grateful to say that the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom has never been stronger. The White House Remarks Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Lord Mayor’s International Trade Dinner Guildhall London, United Kingdom   ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Defense Esper Travels to Stuttgart, London and Paris

Throughout his trip, Secretary Esper will meet with key leaders to reaffirm defense relationships and conduct bilateral and multilateral meetings with senior officials.   U.S. Department of Defense Advisory September 3, 2019 Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper embarks Wednesday, Sept. 4, to visit Stuttgart, London and Paris to meet with U.S. and ally leaders. ... Read More»

New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program

Today, the Department of State designated the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD delivery systems and their supporters – the first time the United States is publicly designating Iran’s civilian space agency. Read More»

Labor Day Marks Appreciation of America’s Workers

Labor Day, celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of each September, is the nation’s official commemoration of its workers’ contributions to national strength, prosperity and well-being. It also marks for millions of Americans the unofficial end of summer. America’s labor force is 154.4 million people strong, or about two-thirds of the working-age ... Read More»

The Trump Administration Is Establishing the United States Space Command to Advance American Interests and Defend Our Nation

When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. President Donald J. Trump   The House House Fact Sheet August 29, 2019   ESTABLISHING SPACE COMMAND: Today, at the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the Secretary of Defense ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom in Working Breakfast at G7 Summit

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom in Working Breakfast at G7 Summit The White House Statements & Releases Biarritz, France August 25, 2019   Hotel du Palais Biarritz, France 8:21 A.M. CEST PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody. We’re having a very good meeting — a very good ... Read More»

U.S. oil boom breaks records

The U.S. produced an average 12.2 million barrels of crude oil per day in April. That marked the first time monthly oil production surpassed 12 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Read More»

The United States Imposes Maximum Pressure on Former Maduro Regime

Maduro’s repression of Venezuelans, in combination with the corruption and mismanagement by his illegitimate government, has dramatically negatively impacted the quality of life for average citizens who lack access to food, water, medicine and electricity, causing one of the worst man-made humanitarian disasters in the modern world. Read More»

Secretary Pompeo on U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

The United States will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia. Russia’s noncompliance under the treaty jeopardizes U.S. supreme interests as Russia’s development and fielding of a treaty-violating missile system represents a direct threat to the United States and our allies and partners. The United States greatly appreciates the steadfast ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Trump’s call with Prime Minister Johnson

The White House Office the Press Secretary July 29, 2019   President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson last Friday in their first official communication since the Prime Minister took office. They discussed the importance of continuing to strengthen the special relationship between the United States and United Kingdom. Specifically, they agreed ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

State Department Readout Office of the Spokesperson July 25, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today to discuss key global priorities, including countering Iran’s attempts to expand its nuclear program and strengthening the NATO Alliance. Source U.S. State Department   Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Keynote Address at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

"You all came here because you understand that it is our responsibility to help them. We’re all in this fight together. You can be sure that the United States will be out front defending the God-given, unalienable right of all human beings to worship as they choose." Read More»

Ambassador Johnson Visits London Heathrow Airport

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Ambassador Johnson visited Terminal 2  at London’s Heathrow International Airport to see the unparalleled security cooperation between the U.S. and UK in action at Europe’s busiest airport. The Ambassador was given a demonstration of the hand luggage scanners at a security checkpoint (left). Addressing the staff, Ambassador Johnson said: “Last ... Read More»

The importance of the South China Sea

The South China Sea is one of the most important economic and environmental regions in the world. The region also is the subject of more than a dozen overlapping and interconnected disputes over who is in charge of the various islands, rocks, shoals and reefs scattered throughout the South China Sea waters. Read More»

Think Big – Ambassador Johnson at the Center for Policy Studies’ Margaret Thatcher Conference on Britain and America

U.S. Embassy London Press Office June 25, 2019   Ambassador Johnson delivered a keynote speech at the Center for Policy Studies’ Margaret Thatcher Conference on Britain and America. [As prepared for delivery] AMBASSADOR JOHNSON:   Thank you Lord Strathclyde and thank you to the CPS. It’s great to close the Margaret Thatcher conference.  I met Margaret Thatcher ... Read More»

An Overview of U.S. Holidays

The United States, like other nations, sets aside a number of days each year to commemorate events, people or public occasions. These holidays typically are marked by a general suspension of work and business activity, and by public and/or religious ceremonies. [See: Holidays observed by the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the UK ] Technically, the United States does not celebrate national holidays, but Congress has ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the 75th Commemoration of D-Day

Seven decades ago, the warriors of D-Day fought a sinister enemy who spoke of a thousand-year empire.  In defeating that evil, they left a legacy that will last not only for a thousand years, but for all time — for as long as the soul knows of duty and honor; for as long as freedom ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May Before a Business Roundtable

The White House Office of the Press Secretary June 04, 2019   St. James’s Palace London, United Kingdom 9:43 A.M. BST PRIME MINISTER MAY: Well, good morning everyone and thank you very much for joining us today. And a very special thanks to His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, for hosting us here today ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at State Banquet

On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long, cherished, and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty the Queen.   The White House Office of the Press Secretary June 03, 2019   Buckingham Palace London, United Kingdom 8:49 P.M. ... Read More»

Background Call on the Visit of President Trump and First Lady Trump to UK, Ireland, and France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary BACKGROUND PRESS CALL BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP AND FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, AND FRANCE Via Teleconference May 30, 2019   See also: Statement on President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Upcoming Travel to the UK PRESS OFFICER:  Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you very much for joining us ... Read More»

DCM Yael Lempert’s Memorial Day Remarks at Brookwood American Cemetery

DCM LEMPERT: It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to speak here today as, together, on this Memorial Day , we remember the men and women who have served our nation in all conflicts, in all eras. Today, a grateful nation honors the proud patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember those 468 ... Read More»

First Anniversary of President Trump’s New Iran Strategy

America is not countering Iran alone. Since our withdrawal from the deal, our allies and partners have stepped up to counter Iranian aggression with us. We have acted with countries from nearly every continent to disrupt Iran’s illicit oil shipping operations. The European Union passed new sanctions against Iranian entities in response to two foiled ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to Traveling Press En-route to Baghdad, Iraq

So the reason we’re going is you’ve all seen the reports that there have been escalating – information that indicates that Iran is escalating their activity. I wanted to go to Baghdad to speak with the leadership there, to assure them that we stood ready to continue to ensure that Iraq was a sovereign, independent ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Tightens Nuclear Restrictions on Iran

The Trump administration continues to hold the Iranian regime accountable for activities that threaten the region’s stability and harm the Iranian people. This includes denying Iran any pathway to a nuclear weapon. As part of the administration’s unprecedented maximum pressure campaign to address the full range of Iran’s destructive activities, Secretary Pompeo has today tightened ... Read More»

Previewing the Secretary’s Upcoming Trip to London, UK and other Countries

 In London, Secretary Pompeo is very honored to be delivering this year’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Center for Policy Studies. In his remarks, the Secretary is going to discuss the Special Relationship that binds the United States and the United Kingdom in a relationship that has indelibly contributed to the prosperity, security, and freedom ... Read More»

Unconscionable Reports of Secret Executions of Minors in Iran

The Department of State is appalled by the Iranian regime’s secret execution of two 17-year old males, Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat, in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, as reported by Amnesty International. According to this report, Iran has resumed its execution of minors, while attempting to keep this inhumane practice hidden from the world. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Facilitates Travel For More Than 10,000 Britons to Work a Summer in America

Today, the U.S. Embassy in London welcomed hundreds of young UK citizens as they applied for their J1 Visas that will allow them to work as counselors in summer camps across the United States.  The program has existed for over 50 years, allowing tens of thousands of British citizens to spend a summer working in ... Read More»

The Iranian Regime’s Crackdown on Women Activists

The United States strongly condemns the Iranian regime’s growing crackdown on women advocating for their human rights. We call on the Iranian authorities to end their harassment and imprisonment of women who are simply expressing their conscience and demanding basic rights. Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 30, 2019   The United ... Read More»

Advancing the U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign On Iran

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2019   The United States is not granting any Significant Reduction Exceptions to existing importers of Iranian oil. Maximum pressure means maximum pressure. Secretary Pompeo announced his decision not to grant any Significant Reduction Exceptions to existing importers of Iranian oil. As the Secretary has ... Read More»

Statement on President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Upcoming Travel to the UK

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump accepted the invitation of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to visit the United Kingdom from June 3 to 5, 2019. This state visit will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle to Arrive in Portsmouth

U.S. Embassy, London April 18, 2019 016/19 @USAinUKPress   Contact ENS Angelica Brooks, Public Affairs Officer Email: Angelica.B.Brooks@USCG.mil The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth, England on April 26, 2019 at 11am. Eagle will moor up for 5 days at South Railway Jetty and will be open ... Read More»

An unshakable commitment: The U.S. and NATO

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Every American president since Harry Truman has reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the principle of collective defense, which makes up the core of this now 29-nation alliance. Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the U.S. Army War College

The world has changed. The geopolitical circumstances have certainly changed. New weapons, new technology, the methods of warfare are different. But what has – fundamentally has not changed and will not change is the massive need for leadership, both military and civilian, both here at home and abroad. Leaders’ defining qualities haven’t changed much either. ... Read More»

Department of State Submits 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2019 edition of the annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress today. This two-volume, Congressionally-mandated report assesses foreign governments’ efforts to reduce illicit drug production, trafficking and use, as well as their work to counter drug trafficking-related money laundering.  Read More»

State Department’s Foreign Policy Strategy and FY 2020 Budget Request

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss the administration’s FY 2020 budget.  It’s designed around the National Security Strategy to achieve our foreign policy goals. The request for $40 billion for State Department and USAID puts us in position to do just that. Testimony Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Opening Statement Before the House Committee on ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today, March 25, on the situation in Venezuela.  The Secretary called on Russia to cease its unconstructive behavior and join other nations, including the overwhelming majority of countries in the Western Hemisphere, who seek a better future for the Venezuelan people.   Readout ... Read More»

Don’t let smears about U.S. Farms trap Britain into the EU’s Museum of Agriculture

This op-ed by Ambassador Johnson in the Daily Telegraph of March 1st, 2019 ( paywall article ):   This week the United States published our objectives for a future trade deal with the UK. We are now ready to negotiate the most ambitious and comprehensive trade deal in the history of our special relationship. And of course ... Read More»

Don’t let the EU’s chicken scare stories stop Britain and America striking a magnificent trade deal

Ambassador Johnson: “chlorinated chicken” is simply the EU’s way of blocking fair competition. Britain now has the opportunity to decide its own rules and priorities. This piece by Ambassador Johnson was originally published in  the Daily Mail on Sunday, March 10, 2019 . Today I will join the nation in enjoying probably the finest of all British institutions: the great Sunday roast. ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Iowa Farm Bureau

And I will – I had an ambassador – our ambassador to the United Kingdom said the other day – he just – he said, look, they’ve been – in the EU, they’ve been smearing the quality of our food. They’ve been saying things about the quality of our food that just simply aren’t true. ... Read More»

Crimea is Ukraine

In the Crimea Declaration of July 25, 2018, the United States reaffirmed its refusal to recognize the Kremlin’s claims of sovereignty over Crimea. The United States also condemns Russia’s illegal actions in Crimea and its continued aggression against Ukraine. Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 27, 2019 Five years ago, ... Read More»

Pence to Venezuelans: ‘We are with you 100 percent’

ice President Pence announced nearly $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to countries that are supporting the regional response to the crisis in Venezuela and outlined additional sanctions on members aligned with the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro. Read More»

United States Provides Additional Humanitarian Aid to Venezuelans Who Have Fled Their Country

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 25, 2019 Today, Vice President Pence announced that the United States is providing nearly $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the regional response for the nearly 3.4 million Venezuelans who have fled Venezuela due to the political and economic crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro. ... Read More»

Presidents’ Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents’ Day. Read More»

A Look at the U.S. Strategy for Iran

Iran’s malign behavior in the region is a direct and significant threat to the United States’ economic and strategic interests and to the American people, and risks triggering a wider conflict The White House National Security Council February 13, 2019 The core objective of President Trump’s Iran Strategy is the systemic change in the Islamic ... Read More»

United States Supports the Venezuelan People With Humanitarian Assistance

The United States is staging emergency humanitarian assistance in the region in response to Interim President Guiado’s request for aid. The United States is mobilizing life-saving humanitarian aid for the people of Venezuela, as well as supporting our Hemispheric partners in addressing the needs of Venezuelans who have fled to the region. Read More»

The United States Supports the Venezuelan People With Humanitarian Assistance

Recognizing the regional Humanitarian Crisis: Former President Nicolas Maduro's systematic economic mismanagement, corruption, and violent oppression have caused severe shortages of food and medicine and needless human suffering, resulting in an exodus of millions of Venezuelans to neighboring countries. Read More»

Cards of Introduction to the U.K. House of Commons

American citizens wishing to watch a House of Commons debate will need to join the public queue outside St. Stephen’s Entrance.   A wait of 1-2 hours  is common during the afternoons. We regret that Cards of Introduction are no longer available. Tours of Parliament for overseas visitors are limited to the summer vacation. Full details are ... Read More»

U.S. Citizen Videos

 The Consular Section is pleased to present the following informational videos on Consular operations. If you needed to know how to renew your U.S. passport or how to apply for a non-immigrant visa, then we have something to help. The images below link to the relevant video on our Youtube channel and will open in a new window. ... Read More»

U.S. aid will help feed Venezuelans

To address this ongoing crisis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced $20 million in aid in initial humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans, on top of the $140 million in humanitarian and development aid for surrounding countries to support the more than 3.6 million Venezuelans who have fled Maduro’s tyranny. Read More»

Busting myths about the INF Treaty

The United States on February 2 suspended its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because of Russia’s material breach of the treaty and its refusal to dismantle its intermediate-range, ground-launched cruise missile. U.S. officials say that Russia has responded with a barrage of lies and obfuscations but has made no move to come back ... Read More»

Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

The White House Office of the Press Secretary February 2, 2019 BACKGROUND BRIEFING BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON THE INTERMEDIATE-RANGE NUCLEAR FORCES (INF) TREATY   Via Teleconference 9:15 A.M. EST SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good morning.  Thank you for adjusting to our slight delay this morning.  It was a typical Washington reaction to snow. By now, ... Read More»

Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions.  We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.  We will move forward with developing our own military ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump to Withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement, so we’re going to terminate the agreement. We’re going to pull out The White House February 01, 2019 RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY TO ARMS CONTROL: President Donald J. Trump is taking decisive action to hold Russia accountable for its violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Violations must have ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Pence’s Meeting with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom

The White House Statements & Releases January 24, 2019 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom.  The Foreign Secretary updated the Vice President on the status of preparations for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and both reaffirmed a mutual desire for a U.S.-UK bilateral ... Read More»

U.S. Government Shutdown – Embassy London is OPEN for Visa and Passport appointments

U.S. Embassy London December 22, 2018 The Federal Government of the United States of America is currently in a Lapse of Appropriations period starting Saturday, December 22, 2018. Scheduled passport and visas services, and emergency services for U.S. citizens, will continue at the U.S. Embassy London and our Consulates in Belfast and Edinburgh during the ... Read More»

Security Alert from the U. S. Embassy for the Holiday Season 2018

Security Alert U. S. Embassy London December 03, 2018   Location United Kingdom, countrywide Event During the holiday season security measures in the United Kingdom remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday ... Read More»

The Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert Wood Johnson December 01, 2018   My wife Suzanne and I were deeply saddened this morning to learn of the death of former President George H.W. Bush. A great statesman and patriot, he spent his life in service to the country he loved.  His character, personal courage ... Read More»

If Britain takes back control of trade, you will be first in line for a U.S. deal

But if Britain takes back control of its trade policy, you will be at the head of the line. America and Britain are two of the most advanced economies in the world. Together we could agree the most sophisticated and ambitious free trade deal ever done – a heavyweight deal that gets the whole world ... Read More»

Ambassador Johnson’s Thanksgiving Day Remarks 2018

AMBASSADOR JOHNSON:  Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It is a blessing for the American community to come together in this beautiful cathedral.  This cathedral is a profound symbol of our incredible bond with the United Kingdom. I saw that again last week on the 60th anniversary of the American memorial chapel. For 60 years, St Paul’s has honored the ... Read More»

Sanctions Announcement on Iran

The United States today sanctioned an international network by which the Iranian regime and Russia are providing millions of barrels of oil to the Assad regime in exchange for the movement of hundreds of millions of dollars to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, and for onward transfer to terrorist organizations such as Hamas and ... Read More»

Veterans Day Honors Those Who Served in U.S. Military

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, and parades, ceremonies and tributes to veterans are planned in small towns and large cities throughout the country to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. This year, as always, the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, just ... Read More»

Ambassador Johnson in the Sheffield Star

U.S. Ambassador says Sheffield can attract more firms like Boeing By DAVID WALSH October 26, 2018   This article appeared in the Friday, October 26, 2018 edition of The Sheffield Star . Sheffield can attract more global firms like Boeing as its reputation grows, the US ambassador to the UK said. Woody Johnson said the aerospace giant’s first factory in Europe was testament to ... Read More»

Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 8, 2018   Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 ... Read More»

America’s Thank You to Britain’s Finest

By Robert Wood Johnson – America’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. As published in the  August/September edition of POLICE , the magazine of the Police Federation of England & Wales. The visit of an American President to the United Kingdom is always a very special event. It is an opportunity to deepen the friendship between our leaders and enhance ... Read More»

We are holding another Auction!

The U.S. Embassy, London, United Kingdom is selling surplus property (including one embassy vehicle) via web based online auction. The auction opens for bidding 08:00am, Monday, July 30 until 16:00pm, Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Surplus Property is being sold according to the regulations of the U.S. Department of State. Each lot has an assigned unique ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Conference

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRIME MINISTER MAY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IN JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE Chequers Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom   1:52 P.M. BST PRIME MINISTER MAY: Well, good afternoon. And I’m pleased to welcome the President of the United States to Chequers today on his first official visit to the United Kingdom. No ... Read More»

Memorial Day Holiday Honors American War Dead

The Memorial Day holiday celebrated by Americans on the last Monday of May represents for many the unofficial beginning of summer. Many will travel over the long holiday weekend to seek out friends and family, beaches and amusement parks. But most will pause at some point to recall the holiday’s true purpose: honoring those who ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution – December 7, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 14, 2017 . ... Read More»

Security Incident at Oxford Circus Station, London

UNITED STATES EMBASSY LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident at Oxford Circus Station, London November 24, 2017   UPDATE: 1815 GMT:  resolved.  @MetpoliceUK report no evidence of gunfire. The U.S. Embassy in London informs U.S. citizens that there has been a security incident at Oxford Street underground station and Oxford street in ... Read More»

Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating with expressions of gratitude and ... Read More»

European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Incident in Westminster

U. S. Embassy London Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Incident in Westminster 22 March 2017   The U.S. Embassy in London informs U.S. citizens that there has been a security incident on Westminster Bridge near Parliament.  U.S. citizens should heed guidance from local authorities and maintain security awareness.  View updates from the Metropolitan Police at ... Read More»

Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their own family traditions, often incorporating food, decorations and ... Read More»

What Happens After Elections?

After losing the 1960 U.S. presidential election by the thinnest of margins, Vice President Richard Nixon declined to challenge the results. Instead, he performed his constitutional duty as president of the Senate in reporting to that body the election of his opponent, Senator John F. Kennedy. “This is the first time in 100 years that ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Today’s topics:  U.S. Women at the Olympics /  Blue energy / U.S. Army ‘Mad Scientist’ program / China human rights / Helping Libya against ISIL U.S. Women at the Olympics 10 August 2016 U.S. women a major force at the Olympics For the second straight Olympics, women athletes outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team, 292 to 262. In fact, the 2016 Team ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Today’s topics:  Happy birthday State Department / Past Olympians / Murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet / North Korean missile launch / Anti-ISIL Efforts in Libya and Iraq Sporting Greats of Past Olympics 02 August 2016 U.S. Olympic standouts: A look back in photos     As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro bring us new heroes from around the world, we’re taking ... Read More»

Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London

U.S. Embassy, London July 27, 2016 025-2016 Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London Applicants can begin scheduling interviews now through the GOES website  WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection will open a Global Entry enrollment center at the U.S. Embassy in London for 60 days beginning on September 26. Conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants can ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Scotland holiday closure / Free State of Jones / Millennial voting / Gymnastics at Rio Olympics / Munich attack / Restoring vision /  DoD on Counter-ISIL Efforts Scotland Holiday The U.S. Consulate-General in Edinburgh , Scotland, will be CLOSED on Monday, 01 August 2016 for the Scottish Summer Bank Holiday . The Consulate will re-open the next business day, on Tuesday 02 ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 21 July 2016

Today’s topics: Cuba update / Turkey / Solar power / Telehealth / Carter on counter-ISIL fight Cuba 1 Year On 20 July 2016 A year of strengthening Cuba-U.S. ties  Though separated by just 140 kilometers of water, the United States and Cuba have endured strained relations for more than half a century. In 2015, the two countries began to chart a new ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Today’s topics: Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson / Iraq Pledging / Anti-ISIL update / U.S. Elections FAQs Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson   Secretary Kerry traveled to London, 18–19 July where he attended multilateral meetings on Yemen and Syria.  He also met with U.K Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Joint Press Availability With U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, United Kingdom July 19, 2016   FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to the Lacarno Room and a particularly warm welcome to U.S. Secretary John Kerry. We’re delighted to have this early opportunity to welcome the Secretary of State to London and for ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 14, 2016   On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and ... Read More»

Readout of the President’s Call With Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

The White House Office of the Press Secretary July 14, 2016   The President spoke by phone today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May to congratulate her on her new office. President Obama emphasized that the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom remains strong and will endure and ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Call with United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Johnson

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 14, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry spoke by telephone today with newly appointed U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to offer his congratulations. The Secretary and Foreign Secretary Johnson agreed that the U.S.-U.K. special relationship is as essential as ever, and ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Iraq Campaign update / South China sea territorial claims / THAAD  deployment in South Korea / NATO Warsaw summit /   NATO Summit Summary 09 July 2016 Landmark NATO Summit in Warsaw draws to a close   NATO’s Summit in Warsaw concluded on Saturday (9 July 2016), following two days of decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence, and plans to ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 11 July 2016

Today’s topics: Farnborough International Airshow  / Treasury’s Lew travel to UK / South China Sea / Open Disclosure Law changes Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) The Farnborough International Airshow 2016 is a biennial international trade fair for the aerospace industry to demonstrate both civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors.  The show was first ... Read More»

Personal Representative Gary Hart Travel to Belfast

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2016   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Personal Representative, former Senator Gary Hart, will travel to Belfast, U.K., July 6-7, to encourage continued and full implementation of the December 2014 Stormont House and November 2015 Fresh Start Agreements. During his visit to Belfast, Personal ... Read More»

State Department release 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State London, United Kingdom June 27, 2016   FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND: Good afternoon. I’m delighted to welcome Secretary Kerry today. His visit here just three days after the referendum result underlines the strength of the special relationship and indeed Britain’s many friendships around the world, and I very much appreciate ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to visit London, 25 June 2016

U.S. Department of State Travel Announcement for Secretary Kerry Travel to Rome, Brussels, and London, June 25-27, 2016 Secretary Kerry will travel to Rome, Italy, June 25-27. The Secretary plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. They plan to discuss a range of issues including Syria, developments in the region and efforts to advance ... Read More»

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom President Obama spoke by phone today with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom to discuss the outcome of yesterday’s referendum on membership in the European Union, in which ... Read More»

State Department On the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC June 24, 2016   SECRETARY KERRY:  Earlier today, I spoke to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond regarding yesterday’s referendum in the United Kingdom. The citizens of the U.K. have made their decision and we will of course respect it. I want to emphasize that although the ... Read More»

Statement by President Obama on the UK Referendum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016   PRESIDENT OBAMA: The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, ... Read More»

2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

U.S. Embassy, London June 21, 2016 025/16 @USAinUKPress 2016 GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT, JUNE 22-24, PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. For the event, delegates from the UK will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers and ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Today’s topics:  SelectUSA 2016 summit / Kerry with Angelina Jolie Pitt on refugees / Alert for possible N. Korea missile launch / Silicon Valley / Security networks SelectUSA2016 This years’ SelectUSA summit will be held in Washington D.C., on 19-21 June 2016.  This Summit is the highest-profile event promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the ... Read More»

TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Embassy to sign condolence book

U.S. Embassy London Grosvenor Square, UK 14 June 2016   Earlier today TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visited the Embassy to sign our condolence book for victims of the Orlando, Florida, shootings:   Here is the  condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall :   Condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall following the Orlando, Florida, ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Condolences for Orlando Shootings / The meaning of LGBTI / Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Prepcom / Ukraine energy diversification /   Condolences for Orlando Shootings The U.S. Embassy joins all those worldwide in expressing their condolences to the families and victims of the horrific Orlando shootings. If you would like to leave ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 13 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Orlando shootings / Automated passport control at U.S. airports / upcoming U.S. Supreme Court rulings / DoD’s “Force of the Future”   Orlando Shootings (Updated 14 June 2016)      Condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall 14 June 2016                         13 June 2016 Orlando Shooting Renews Focus on How to Identify, Stop Extremist Attacks    Attacks like Sunday’s ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 03 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 / US-EU eHealth project / DoD’s carter to Shangri-La conference / Clean Energy Ministerial / New Foreign Relations books digitized /   Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 The Country Reports on Terrorism are submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Today’s topics:     NATO’s Warsaw summit  / Announcing third “Our Ocean” conference / Preview of Strategic&Economic Dialogue with China / Asia Security Summit   NATO 31 May 2016  NATO Secretary General previews Warsaw Summit in speech at Warsaw University    At the Warsaw Summit, the Alliance will also seek a new level of cooperation with its partners, especially the European Union, on issues such as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy London Launches #NationalParksContest Photo Competition

U.S. Embassy, London June 01, 2016 023/16 @USAinUKPress   The U.S. Embassy in London is launching a photo competition to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial. The contest will launch June 1 and final submissions are due on the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service, August 25, 2016. Photos can be submitted via ... Read More»

Europe Travel Alert, 31 May 2016

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Memorial Day / Failed North Korea missile  launch / UN Peacekeepers / Life in Fallujah under ISIL   Memorial Day Holiday 30 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama on Memorial Day, 2016 28 May 2016 President Obama’s Weekly Address: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 27 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy  & Consulate Closure /  Memorial Day / G7 in Japan /  DoD Budget Uncertainty   Embassy & Consulate Holiday Closure The U.S. Embassy in London, and our our Consulates-General in   Belfast and in  Edinburgh will be CLOSED on Monday, 30 May 2016 for the U.S. Memorial Day / UK Spring  Bank holidays. In an emergency involving a ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 26 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Return of Nadiya Savchenko / Silk as a Biodegradable plastic /  DoD HQ Restructuring / New  terrorist designations / Countering Violent Extremism /   Nadiya Savchenko 26 May 2016 Analyst: Savchenko Release Shows Russia Wants Negotiations (VOA News)  Russia’s release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, exchanged for two Russian servicemen, was welcomed by rights groups and supporters. They maintain her ... Read More»

College Day 2016

Do you advise students interested in studying in the America?  Fulbright and EducationUSA have the resources you and your students need for U.S. university admissions. Now is a great time to get started on the admissions process before the autumn: early bird booking for our advisor training conference in September is open, and students can sign up ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Combating Wildlife trafficking in Vietnam / Criminal Justice Reform / DoD, NATO on death of Mullah Mansur / Antiquities trade   Stoppping Illegal Trade in Antiquities 24 May 2016 Stopping the Black Market in Antiquities    Terrorists in Syria don’t just take sledgehammers to ancient temples and sculptures at cultural heritage sites they have overrun: They sell them. ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 23 May 2016

Today’s topics:  Death of Taliban leader / Obama in Vietnam / China / Turkey’s constitutional amendment / Ukraine battles financial crime / Russian oppression / Satellite tech in climate research   White House on Death of Taliban Leader 23 May 2016 Statement by the President on the Death of Taliban Leader Mansur Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Libya Ministerial / Syrian update / Oregon / DoD on Asia-Pacific & Counter-ISIL / Iraq offensive against ISIL / Memorial Day weekend   Libya 16 May 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Libya Ministerial, Vienna, Austria   “As the communique that we produced earlier makes clear, it is imperative to put the international community’s full weight behind the Government of National ... Read More»

Memorial Day weekend 2016 at Cambridge American Cemetery

When you go home:  Tell them for us and say “For your tomorrow  We gave our today”. John Maxwell Edmonds The Cambridge American Cemetery honours the competence, courage and sacrifice of the Americans who, as part of the ‘friendly invasion’, served in the UK during World War II. Interpretive displays, photographs, film and interactive kiosks ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 09 May 2016

Today’s topics:     UK School visits / Stonewall uprising & LGBT rights / New EUCOM commander / U.S. and Europe / Kerry’s Upcoming London trip / Obama on the economy   UK School Visits 09 May 2016  School Talks on the U.S.    Deb MacLean, a Press Officer of the U.S. Embassy in London, visited several UK schools over the ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 29 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy Closure /  Airstrike on hospital in Syria / Vietnam War symposium / Malaria / Holocaust museum   UK Bank Holiday Closures The U.S. Embassy in London and our Consulates General Belfast and Edinburgh , will be closed, on Monday, 2nd May 2016, for the UK Bank holiday .  Offices will re-open  on Tuesday, 3rd May. U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Jazz / 2016 Olympics / Climate Change / ISIL / POTUS travels   Jazz 27 April 2016 The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats   Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Today’s topics:    U.S. Elections / White House news / Climate change Capacity-Building Initiative / U.S. $20 bill / DoD’s Dunford on countering Extremism   U.S. Elections 26 April 2016  The rise of the independent voter     The United States has two major political parties: Democratic and Republican. Ask an American voter which one she or he sides with, and the most ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 25 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama-Cameron press conference / Paris Climate Change Agreement / State Dept news / South Sudan peace process / DoD News   President Obama in London 22 April 2016 Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference : We are so bound together that nothing is going to impact the emotional and cultural and intellectual affinities between our two countries. So ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Press Release – Fishackathon

U.S. Embassy, London April 19, 2016 008/16 @USAinUKPress   The U.S. Embassy is organizing a Fishackathon, April 22-24. The London offices of The Economist will serve as the host venue. The Fishackathon is a U.S. Department of State initiative, launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference to develop usable solutions to address worldwide overfishing. The hackathon brings together computer ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama’s London trip / Boston Marathon / British Defense Procurement Minister visits U.S. / Kansas /  State Dept travel   President Obama’s London Trip 19 April 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the United Kingdom   As part of the President’s upcoming travel to the United Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama for a private lunch hosted by ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 18 April2016

Today’s topics:    Obama’s London trip /  Kerry’s call with Russia’s Lavrov / North Korea nuclear tests / Japan Earthquake / AS Thomas-Greenfield London travel   President Obama’s London Trip 14 April 2016 Press Briefing Previewing the President’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Germany   The President will be meeting with some of our key allies and partners in the world in both the Gulf and in Europe.  ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 15 April 2016

Today’s topics:    President Obama’s London trip / Foreign Aid / Anti-ISIL efforts /  Zika virus /  new VOA Director   President Obama’s London Trip 16 March 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom   “The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch.  ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Today’s topics: Washington D.C.  / Blinken on WMD / White house press brief including London trip / Kerry at Pacific Council   White House News 12 April 2016 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 4/12/2016 ( London trip, Panama Papers, Brexit, Brazil’s President Rousseff, IMF and economy): “Well, we’ll obviously have more to say about this later in the week as we ... Read More»

F-22s Deploy to Europe

News Release Headquarters, United States European Command Media Operations Division Stuttgart, Germany Release: 16-08 11 April 2016 The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 11, to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 07 April 2016

Todays topics:  NATO / DoD:  New class of Sea Vessel, Obama meeting / State Dept. travel / Texas / Russia and Panama Papers / Startups webchat Texas 06 April 2016  Texas: The Alamo, Mission Control and oil gushers    Everything is bigger in Texas, or so Texans like to say.    The Lone Star State actually is second in size to Alaska and in ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 06 April 2016

FY2017 Budget amendments / DoD’s Goldwater-Nichols Act / U.S. Elections / SelectUSA 2016 /  New Energy Finance / U.S. Cyber Command / Anti-ISIL efforts / Obama-Stoltenberg on NATO / Hawaii   U.S. States – Hawaii 05 April 2016  Hawaii: Pearl Harbor, the perfect wave and volcanoes   Hawaii is America’s tropical paradise, a favorite destination for honeymooners, surfers, golfers and hikers.   This archipelago of ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 05 April 2016

Today’s topics:  Mine clearance / Kerry-Mogherini meet / Wisconsin / The Malaria Hunter / DoD Airstrikes on al-Qaida / Obama and NATO’s Stoltenberg / General Austin on Centcomm U.S. States – Wisconsin Wisconsin: Architecture, air shows and folk art Wisconsin, a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region, has a diverse landscape of forests, farms and lakefront beaches. Outdoor recreation is popular ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Friday,01 April 2016

The 2016 Summit (31 March – 01 April ) brings together more than 50 countries and international organizations to continue discussions on the evolving threat and highlight steps that can be taken together to deter, detect, and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism.   2016 Nuclear Security Summit The 2016 Summit website is at NSS2016.org 31 March ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 31 March 2016

Nuclear Security Summit 30 March  2016 White House Press Call Previewing the Nuclear Security Summit   “In this summit schedule, which I will address in a little bit, we deal, in addition to nuclear security and nuclear energy, with our ongoing efforts to promotes nonproliferation, specifically a number of meetings that will focus on our efforts to promote denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom in Russia.   Freedom House, which monitors Internet freedom in 65 countries, for the first time ranked Russia as “not free,” the lowest of three possible rankings.   Russia’s Internet Freedom 29 March 2016 Russia’s internet freedom is shrinking    Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom in ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Cuba 21 March 2016  Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba in a Joint Press Conference    ” I bring with me the greetings and the friendship of the American people.  In fact, I’m joined on this trip by nearly 40 members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans.  This is the largest such delegation of my presidency, and it indicates the excitement and interest in America about ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 18 March 2016

President Obama on Appointment of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court   16 March 2016 Remarks by the President in Conference Call with Stakeholders   “As you now know, I nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit to serve as the next associate justice on the Supreme Court.  This is not a decision I ever take lightly.  I’ve now seated two ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Russia 14 March  2016  Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia    President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other. They discussed President Putin’s announcement today of a ... Read More»

Global Entry to Benefit Travelers from Northern Ireland

Press Release U.S. Consulate General Belfast, Northern Ireland March 11, 2016 A new initiative launched by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will allow pre-approved, U.K. passport holders to gain expedited clearance upon arrival in the United States.    Speaking about the initiative, Consul General Daniel Lawton said: “The United States is a popular ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 08 March 2016

      Launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, Fishackathon was established to bring together volunteer coders to create tools to address challenges in sustainable fishing around the world.   Kicking off Earth Day 2016, the U.S. Department of State will hold the third annual Fishackathon from April 22-24. Volunteer coders, technologists, and ... Read More»

U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 07 March 2016

70 Years of the Special Relationship To help celebrate 70 years of the Special Relationship, “Lady Liberty” and “Uncle Sam” hand out cupcakes. What better place to do so than the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill bronze statues, sitting on a bench in Mayfair, London!   You can view them and some friends on our Flickr photostream !   Or ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution from the U.S. Department of State

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ... Read More»

Presidential Nominations

System for choosing party candidates has evolved over U.S. history Rules within parties for nominating presidential candidates are not spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. As noted, there were no political parties in existence at the time the Constitution was drafted and ratified in the late 1700s, and the founders of the Republic had no ... Read More»

Special Representative O’Brien Travel to Northern Ireland

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O’Brien, in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland, will lead a delegation of U.S. investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and representatives from academia to Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland from February 29 – March 4, 2016. The purpose of the delegation will be to bring together ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Secretary Kerry met in London this morning with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. The two ministers discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and the progress being made in Geneva by UN task forces — one to develop the modalities of a cessation of hostilities and the other to ensure the sustained and unimpeded delivery of ... Read More»

2012 U.S. Elections and “Super PACs”

Like it or not, Americans who seek election to the U.S. presidency or Congress need money — lots of money — to fund months of campaigning, advertisements and other ways to make themselves and their views more visible to voters, as well as to attack their opponents. Recent legal rulings have opened new avenues for ... Read More»

Financing Campaigns

Federal law dictates how candidates for the federal offices of president, senator and representative — and certain of their political allies — may raise funds, as well as from whom and in what amounts. Federal campaign finance laws are separate from state laws that regulate elections for state and local offices. In the American system, ... Read More»

United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ... Read More»

Direct Line – Northern Ireland Investment Opportunities for U.S. Businesses

The U.S. Consulate General Belfast presents an opportunity for U.S. businesses of all sizes to learn about business and investment opportunities in Northern Ireland. U.S. Consul General Daniel Lawton and Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland Alastair Hamilton will host a webinar to provide an overview of political and economic developments as well as opportunities for investing in Northern Ireland. Please see our flyer (PDF) for details. ... Read More»

Freedom of Information in the U.S.A. (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act, As Amended is the legislation which provides for the release by U.S. government departments and agencies of certain categories of information on request. Since its original enactment in 1966 more than 500,000 requests have been filed by members of the public, reporters, and companies. Foreign citizens may also file requests. Similarly the Department of Justice and ... Read More»

Glossary of U.S. Election Terms

Absentee voting Absentee voting allows voters who cannot come to polling places to cast their ballots. A variety of circumstances, including residency abroad, illness, travel or military service, can prevent voters from coming to the polls on Election Day. Absentee ballots permit registered voters to mail in their votes. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Europe

December 24, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in London reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. and European authorities continue to warn of possible terrorist attacks in Europe, citing repeated threats by terror groups. As we approach the end of 2015, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Travel Alert that urges travelers to exercise particular ... Read More»

The Special Relationship can help us to save the planet

We need a lightbulb moment on climate change. I do not mean a sudden realisation that something must be done. President Obama is clear that the Paris summit already demonstrates a sense of urgency about the need to protect our planet. I mean instead we should draw our inspiration for action from our shared history, ... Read More»

DoD Confirms U.S. Strikes Killed Senior Terrorist Operatives

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Defense Department has confirmed the deaths of senior terrorist leaders in Libya and Somalia from recent U.S. airstrikes, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today. Cook said a Nov. 13 U.S. airstrike in Libya killed Iraqi national Abu Nabil, also known as ... Read More»

DoD’s Dunford Says U.S., Coalition Must Put Continuous Pressure on ISIL

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has grown since 2014, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today, and it is important that the United States and coalition partners continue to put pressure on the terror organization across all domains and with every facet of government. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph ... Read More»

Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women

By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able ... Read More»

Statement in Response to July 25 Sunday Times Article on the Release of Al-Megrahi

U.S. Embassy London Press Office Statement in Response to July 25 Sunday Times Article on the Release of Al-Megrahi   The United States strongly and consistently opposed in all its exchanges with Scottish and British officials the release or transfer under any scenario of convicted PanAm 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi. The August 12, 2009 letter ... Read More»

Co-Chairs’ Fact Sheet: About the Global Counterterrorism Forum

02 April 2014 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 2, 2014 Below is the text of the fact sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on April 2, 2014. Begin text: The GCTF is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that focuses on identifying ... Read More»

U.S. Citizens: Your Opportunity to Enroll in Global Entry for Expedited Immigration Clearance at U.S. Airports

If you travel regularly to the United States and would like to speed through airport immigration controls upon arrival, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a special opportunity for U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom to enroll in Global Entry.  Global Entry is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection travel facilitation program that expedites ... Read More»

Worldwide Travel Alert from the U.S. Department of State

24 Nov 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons ... Read More»

US Official: Iran Nuclear Deal Going Forward

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser said Tuesday that despite the best efforts of opponents to “demonize” the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. is moving forward with the agreement.  “We are going to implement the deal,” Colin Kahl told VOA’s Persian service.  “If Iran complies with its side of the bargain, we will ... Read More»

State Dept. Launches New Study Abroad Knowledge Network: studyabroad.state.gov

This week, the State Department’s new U.S. Study Abroad Office launched the Study Abroad Knowledge Network, studyabroad.state.gov , to connect individuals and institutions with resources that help diversify and increase Americans’ participation in study abroad programs. Only one in ten U.S. undergraduates study abroad before graduating, so more must be done to ensure U.S. students from ... Read More»

Key Forms of Intellectual Property Protection

(This is adapted from an article by Thomas G. Field Jr. that appeared in the U.S. Department of State publication Focus on Intellectual Property Rights .) Intellectual property is a valuable asset for an entrepreneur. It consists of inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, images, names, designs used in commerce and original expressions of creative individuals. The key forms of ... Read More»

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

(The following article is taken from the U.S. Department of State publication, Focus on Intellectual Property Rights.) Why Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Matters By E. Anthony Wayne Intellectual property issues are getting more and more attention these days. Unfortunately, far too often the issues are framed in such a way as to highlight controversy and ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Before Their Meeting

 “We’re very grateful to our partners from the United Kingdom for their support and efforts on the Iran nuclear agreement. It was a multilateral agreement. The P5+1 permanent members of the United Nations worked extremely effectively together.  … And so we applaud the decision by the United Kingdom to put its defense spending at the ... Read More»

Global Entry: Travel to the USA just got easier

We have some good news! Travel to the USA just got quicker and easier thanks to the newly rolled out Global Entry Program. For UK passport holders, it will mean being able to sidestep the lines at Customs and Passport control and enter the USA via automatic kiosks. Britons will also be eligible for  TSA Pre✓® at security, ... Read More»

Announcing the expansion of Global Entry Frequent Traveler Program to UK Citizens

U.S. Embassy, London November 03, 2015 018-2015    U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner (CBP) R. Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and Director General of the Border Force Sir Charles Montgomery announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens today at the World Travel Market. Global Entry allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: To Walk the Earth in Safety 2015

Fact Sheet To Walk the Earth in Safety 2015: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC   The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of efforts to address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries and to reduce the availability ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all very, very much. Bill, thanks so much for welcoming me to your new home, but thank you for remarkably generous comments. I’m very, really touched to hear them from somebody of Bill’s caliber, because as all of you know, he really was the State Department’s ... Read More»

US Navy Sends Destroyer to Challenge China Sea Claim

n what is seen as the most significant challenge yet to territorial limits Beijing asserts around its man-made islands, a U.S. guided missile destroyer Tuesday sailed within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of a reef in the disputed Spratly archipelago. The USS Lassen approached Subi reef, occupied by China and also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam ... Read More»

DoD’s Carter: ISIL Prison Raid Saved Lives, Bagged Intelligence Info

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter today said he made the decision that U.S. Special Forces would assist Iraqi peshmerga partners in yesterday’s raid on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison in Iraq to rescue 70 hostages after intelligence indicated a mass execution was imminent. ... Read More»

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel to Travel to the United Kingdom for Meeting of Counter-ISIL Coalition

Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 23, 2015 Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to London, United Kingdom, October 27-29, for a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition Communications Working Group. He will co-chair discussions with government officials and technology partners to strengthen collaboration in ... Read More»

Carter, U.K. Counterpart Discuss the Way Ahead in 21st Century

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity   Today’s discussions of defense matters and ways to deepen the U.S. and U.K. partnership come at a critical time for British defense planning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in London during a joint press conference with his U.K. counterpart. On the secretary’s final day of ... Read More»

State Department Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today at the UN General Assembly event on the humanitarian emergency in Iraq, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall announced that the United States is providing more than $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected ... Read More»