Washington, DC - Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Edgardo Riveros co-chaired a meeting of the U.S.-Chile High Level Bilateral Political Consultative Mechanism on November 29, in Washington, DC. They discussed security cooperation, economic growth through investment and trade, human rights and good governance, and other topics of mutual interest.

Washington, DC - New Russian legislation that allows the Ministry of Justice to label media outlets as “foreign agents” and to monitor or block certain internet activity presents yet another threat to free media in Russia. Freedom of expression—including speech and media which a government may find inconvenient—is a universal human rights obligation Russia has pledged to uphold.

Washington, DC - The United States congratulates the people of Kenya on the conclusion of the presidential election process, as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on their inauguration for a second term. The United States and Kenya have been steadfast partners for decades, working together to strengthen security, build mutual prosperity, address regional challenges, and to advance development and good governance.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: "On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer my best wishes to the people of Albania as you celebrate 105 years of independence.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: "On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States of America, I am delighted to send my best wishes to the people of Mauritania on your 57th anniversary of independence on November 28.

Washington, DC - The United States notes with concern that the Parliament of Romania is considering legislation that could undermine the fight against corruption and weaken judicial independence in Romania.