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 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 - 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 - President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his appreciation for their close partnership since President Hollande took office in 2012. 

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.

Washington, DC - A humanitarian disaster is taking place before our very eyes. Some 200,000 civilians, including many children, in eastern Aleppo are cut off from food and medicine supplies. Aleppo is being subjected to daily bombings and artillery attacks by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia and Iran. Hospitals and schools have not been spared. Rather, they appear to be the targets of attack in an attempt to wear people down.