Organization of American States

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 18): “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis. … We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones.” Full Text»

Date: 03/18/2015 Description: Tourists and visitors from the Bardo museum are evacuated in Tunis, Tunisia, following an attack by gunmen. © AP Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Mar. 18): “Today’s election marks a very meaningful step forward in this journey to strengthen the OAS and fully realize its promise for all of our hemisphere’s citizens.” Full Text»

Date: 03/18/2015 Deputy Secretary Blinken meets with OAS Secretary General-elect Luis Almagro. - State Dept Image

President Obama (Mar. 17): “Ireland is on the move after a very challenging financial crisis and economic recession. … There are terrific opportunities for us to further collaborate in creating jobs both in the United States and in Ireland.” Full Text» Secretary’s Statement» DipNote»

Date: 03/17/2015 Description: Fountain on the South Lawn of the White House dyed green for St. Patrick's Day. AP photo from March 17, 2015 DipNote blog post. © AP Image

In Other News

Daily Press Briefing: Israel

Spokesperson Psaki (Mar. 17): “We look forward to working with the next Israeli Government, including on our shared agreement for peace and security in the Middle East.” Full Text»

Partnership With Louisiana Supreme Court

Mar. 17: The State Department will utilize the knowledge and experience of the Louisiana judiciary in training, advising, and mentoring foreign judicial sector personnel. More»

U.S.-Korea Relations

Assistant Secretary Russel (Mar. 17): “Our alliance is in very solid shape and our agenda going forward is a positive one. … We have seen and are proud of a tremendous degree of cooperation and progress on a range of global issues.” Full Text»

Coalition Stabilization Working Group

Special Envoy Allen (Mar. 17): “Today, we need to come together as a Coalition, to listen to the plans of our Iraqi partners, encourage their efforts, and formulate a strategy for how we can support them in the weeks and months to come.” Full Text» More»

Georgian Regions

Spokesperson Psaki (Mar. 17): “The United States’ position on South Ossetia and Abkhazia remains clear: these regions are integral parts of Georgia, and we continue to support Georgia’s independence, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity.” Full Text»

Business and Human Rights

Mar. 17: The Voluntary Principles Initiative promotes the implementation of a set of principles that guide oil, gas, and mining companies in providing security for their operations in a manner that respects human rights. Report»