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The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs is headed by Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who is responsible for managing and promoting U.S. interests in the region by supporting democracy, trade, and sustainable economic development, and fostering cooperation on issues such as citizen safety, strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law, economic and social inclusion, energy, and climate change. More about WHA»

Regional map of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

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Charting a New Course on Cuba

The United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. More» White House Fact Sheet»


U.S. and Argentina

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 30): " We very much welcome Argentina’s restoration of its own engagement in politics in so many different issues – on energy, on human rights, on the environment, on trade, and we very much look forward to the signing in New York on the 22nd of April, where I know the president will be there and you’ll be there with him." Full Text»


Remarks in Honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 10): "We are partners. We are allies. We are friends. We are family. And the United States looks forward to continuing its work with Canada, side by side, on the full range of challenges and opportunities that are confronting our nations today." Full Text»


Peace Colombia - A New Era of Partnership

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 5): "Today, Colombia’s democratic institutions are strong, the level of violence is at the lowest in decades, the economy is growing and poverty is falling. And as President Obama said yesterday, this is one of the strongest partnerships in the hemisphere, and increasingly we are global partners." Full Text» White House Fact Sheet»


Secretary Kerry in Valparaiso, Chile

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 5): "Today, Chile’s announcements about setting aside over a million kilometers of ocean that will be protected forever is an enormous contribution to this global effort, and I congratulate Chile for doing that." Full Text» Our Ocean» Trip Page»


Secretary Kerry in Havana, Cuba

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 14): "Thank you for joining us at this truly historic moment as we prepare to raise the United States flag here at our embassy in Havana, symbolizing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations after 54 years." Full Text» DipNote» Photos» Trip Page»