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 - 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.

Washington, DC - The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XXIII, Mexico, Cuba, and the Caribbean.

Washington, DC - The Vice President spoke today by phone with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.  The Vice President commended the leaders on the agreement they reached to resume talks in Geneva on January 9 and praised the courage and vision of the leaders that has made possible the progress‎ thus far.

Washington, DC - The Foreign Ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates met today along with the UN Special Envoy and the Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs. They discussed the October 23, 2016 proposals conveyed by UN Special Envoy and endorsed by the Ministers. In reaffirming the proposals, the Ministers emphasized several key points:

Washington, DC - Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to Switzerland and the United Kingdom December 15-21, 2016. In Geneva, the Under Secretary will meet foreign governments supporting global efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE). This coalition, known as the Group of Friends on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, supports implementation of the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and seeks to ensure that respect for human rights remain central to global P/CVE efforts.