Washington, DC - The United States congratulates Prime Minister Hariri on the Lebanese parliament's approval of his cabinet on December 28.  We look forward to working with Prime Minister Hariri, his government, and all our partners in Lebanon who have committed to address the pressing challenges facing the country. 

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, I send warmest wishes to the people of Myanmar on the occasion of your independence day on January 4.

Washington, DC - In his December 28, 2016 Remarks on Middle East Peace, Secretary of State John Kerry presented the Administration’s view on the broad consensus that has emerged regarding principles for a final status agreement that could meet the needs of both sides, reflecting the Secretary’s efforts and discussions with the parties and key stakeholders over the past four years.

Washington, DC - The Department of State has designated Saleck Ould Cheikh Mohamedou as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign individuals determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Mohamedou has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Mohamedou.

Washington, DC - One year after the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) in Skhirat, Morocco, the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States commend the Presidency Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA) for its efforts to restore unified governance, prosperity, and security to Libya. We congratulate the GNA and the Libyan people on their successful operation to eject Da’esh from Sirte and applaud the Libyan people’s courage in confronting the scourge of Da’esh and other terrorist organizations.

Washington, DC - Secretary Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov this morning to express his deep condolences on the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov yesterday in Ankara. He offered U.S. assistance to the investigation in whatever capacity would be required.