Washington, DC - The United States condemns the Venezuelan government’s latest anti-democratic action: requiring newly elected governors to submit to the illegitimate Constituent Assembly to be sworn into office. The use of this illegitimate, parallel institution to take over the country’s constitutional authorities is alarming.

Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Riyadh, Doha, Islamabad, New Delhi, and Geneva October 20-27.

Washington, DC - National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster spoke to Chad President Idriss Deby Itno to underscore the importance of the bilateral relationship and Chad’s effort as a key partner in countering terrorism. In a recent Presidential Proclamation, the United States identified the need for Chad to enhance identity management practices and information sharing requirements.

Washington, DC - The United States is very concerned by reports of violence around Kirkuk, Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely and call on all parties to coordinate military activities and restore calm.

Washington, DC - We are deeply concerned by the National Assembly’s passage of amendments to Cambodia’s Election Law today. If ratified, these amendments, in conjunction with the lawsuit by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), would effectively disenfranchise the millions of people who voted for the CNRP in the 2013 and 2017 elections.

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which begins operations today, October 16. We congratulate Haiti for its progress in achieving greater security and stability and recognize the conclusion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on October 15. We commend MINUSTAH for the contributions toward strengthening state institutions key to advancing Haiti’s long-term security, democratic development, and economic growth.