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 - 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.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send our best wishes to the people of Kenya as you celebrate 53 years of independence on December 12. As you mark the establishment of Kenya as a Republic, let us also celebrate the strong partnership between our two nations.

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 condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack today on Christian worshippers outside St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo that has killed more than 25 people and injured dozens more.

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.