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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.