U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 08 April 2016

Tibbet Knob, in George Washington National Forest, West Virginia, commands a view of Trout Run Valley and ancient hills. (Shutterstock)

Today’s Topics:  Student Visa webchat / West Virginia /Middle East/State Dept. travel/

 Middle East

07 April 2016 Secretary Kerry Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir SECRETARY KERRY:  – I want to thank him [Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeie] very much for arranging this meeting of the GCC and convening everybody. And obviously, I also want to thank the Secretary General al-Zayani for officially convening the meeting today, and I thank King Hamad and our friend Khalid al-Khalifa for hosting us in Bahrain and for spending the day with me on both bilateral and now this multilateral meeting.

First of all, let me apologize that we will not be taking questions because we’re actually going back to have further discussions in greater detail, but we thought we had sufficiently discussed the broader sweep of each of these issues that we would share our conclusions with you, and then we’ll work on further details as we go forward.

 Student Visa’s


Student Visas webchat on 19 April 2016 at 15:00 BST
Student Visas webchat on 19 April 2016 at 15:00 BST

07 April 2016  Find out here how to get a student visa to the U.S.  Do you want to go to college in the United States?   Nearly 1 million international students attend U.S. colleges and universities, and they all started by getting a student visa.
To find out what steps to take to get that visa, join a webchat Tuesday, 19th April, at 14:00 UTC (15:00 BST). You’ll learn from visa experts at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as they describe an eight-step student visa process.

The chat space will include other experts too — people who can respond to visa-related questions not addressed by on-camera experts, so you’re sure to get the information you need.

State Department – Official Travel

07 April 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Manama, Bahrain, Baghdad, Iraq, and Hiroshima, Japan., April 6-8, 2016

Secretary is holding bilateral meetings with senior Bahraini officials and participating in a ministerial meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, where he discussed a wide range of regional issues.

Secretary Kerry is visiting Baghdad, Iraq, on April 8 to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and Council of Representatives Speaker Saleem al-Jabouri.

The Secretary will underscore our strong support for the Iraqi government as it addresses significant security, economic, and political challenges.

He also will discuss the Coalition’s continued support for Iraqi-led efforts against Da’esh and emphasize that we will continue to support the Iraqi people as they work towards a unified, free, democratic, and prosperous future.

In addition, the Secretary is meeting with Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechrivan Barzani, to express U.S. appreciation for the critical role that the Kurdistan Regional Government has played in the Coalition’s efforts to defeat Da’esh.

Later in the week, he will participate in the G-7 ministerial in Hiroshima, Japan.

07 April 2016 Under Secretary Sewall To Lead U.S. Delegation to the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism   Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will lead the U.S. delegation to the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism on April 8.
Hosted by the United Nations and Switzerland, this Ministerial will bring together state ministers, other government officials, civil society, and experts to further international work to adopt a comprehensive approach that not only encompasses security-based counterterrorism measures, but highlights the need for systematic preventive measures to directly address the drivers of violent extremism at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

U.S. States – West Virginia

07 April 2016  West Virginia: Majestic peaks, surreal caverns and a high-society hangout   West Virginia, a southern state in the Appalachian Mountains, is known for its scenery and folk heritage.   Appalachian folk-music traditions include fiddling, ballad singing and other styles derived from Scots-Irish music, celebrated each year at string-band festivals throughout the state.

Hand-blown glass is produced at the Blenko Glass Company, in Milton, and at Appalachian Glass, in Weston. Both facilities offer tours of their studios and on-site shops. Other handcrafted products — pottery, carvings, textiles and more — can be found at Tamarack, billed as “West Virginia’s artisan retail center.”

Charleston is the state capital and largest city. Nearby, in Loudendale, Kanawha State Forest offers camping sites, trails, picnic areas and swimming.