Washington, DC - We strongly condemn President Jammeh’s December 9 statement rejecting the December 1 election results and calling for new elections. This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately.

Washington, DC - The United States congratulates the people of Ghana on the successful conclusion of the December 7 general election. We also congratulate President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo. The peaceful and inclusive nature of the election is a testament to Ghana’s citizens and its vibrant democracy.

Washington, DC - Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein will travel to India and Bangladesh, from December 11-22, to discuss religious freedom with government officials, civil society representatives, and a range of leaders representing both majority and minority religious communities.

Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose will travel to Bucharest, Romania; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and London, United Kingdom from December 12–16 for meetings and events focused on international security, arms control, and strategic stability.

Washington, DC - The Vice President met today with Masrour Barzani, Chancellor of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Security Council, on the margins of the Chancellor's meeting with Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines.  

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the government and people of Burkina Faso on the 56th anniversary of your nation’s independence.