Office of the SpokespersonSpecial Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, United Kingdom, between February 25-27. Special Envoy Kerry's engagements in London will include meetings with UK parliamentarians and public communications on international climate goals in order to advance U.S. objectives on climate and clean energy.For media inquiries, please contactClimateComms@state.gov.
Designating Persons Tied to Network Smuggling U.S. Technology toCentralBank of Iran
February 14, 2024
The United States is today designating four entities and three individuals tied to a network facilitating the illegal export of U.S. goods and technology to end users in Iran, including the Central Bank of Iran. The Central Bank of Iran has played a critical role in providing financial and technological support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force and Hizballah, both foreign terrorist organizations and key drivers of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Today's action demonstrates that defying export restrictions and circumventing sanctions against Iran will result in consequences. The United States is steadfast in its commitment to countering terrorist financing and will continue to use all available means to disrupt the illegal procurement of sensitive technology by the Iranian regime.
The Department of the Treasury designations were taken pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended. For more information on today's action, see Treasury's press release.
Ambassador Murray's Travel to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
February 13, 2024
U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ambassador Matt Murray will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 14-17 and to Singapore, February 17-21. In both cities Ambassador Murray will meet with government counterparts and the American business community to highlight broad U.S. economic engagement with the region as outlined in the Indo-Pacific Strategy Prosperity pillar.
In Kuala Lumpur, Ambassador Murray will participate in the first APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting of the year and help lay the groundwork for expanded public-private collaboration during APEC 2024. The ABAC meeting will be chaired by Peru ABAC 2024 Chair Mrs. Julia Torreblanca and will explore ways to advance the APEC agenda, including through the annual dialogue between ABAC and APEC Senior Officials.
In Singapore, Ambassador Murray will participate in the APEC Outcomes 2023/Outlook 2024 event hosted by the APEC Secretariat focusing on the U.S. and Peru host years. During this event, he will highlight key outcomes from the U.S. APEC Host Year, along with insights from the 2023 APEC Economic Leaders' Week and their implications for the future of the APEC region.
For further information, please contact the U.S. APEC Team atDOSAPEC@state.gov.
Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources Geoffrey R. Pyatt will travel to Paris on February 13 for the International Energy Agency (IEA) 2024 Ministerial and 50th anniversary celebration as part of a U.S. interagency delegation including Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. Assistant Secretary Pyatt will engage with international energy officials, private sector leaders, academia, and representatives from international organizations to advance policy solutions to address pressing issues related to energy security, energy access, and decarbonization.
The IEA traces its founding to the Washington Energy Conference, hosted by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to address the oil shocks of 1973 and 1974. Since that first meeting at the Department of State fifty years ago, the IEA has grown to ensure secure and sustainable energy supplies to the global economy.
Marking this milestone anniversary, Assistant Secretary Pyatt will join high-level dialogues on energy policy, fortifying global supply chains, and the imperative of advancing the energy transition. In these engagements, he will emphasize the United States' enduring commitment to Ukraine and the energy security of partners and allies.
For further media information, please contactENR-PD-Clearances@state.gov.