Washington, DC - The United States deplores the decision by the Government of Sudan to expel two senior United Nations officials and calls on the Government of Sudan to reverse the decision. The expulsions of Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari and Ms. Yvonne Helle, two highly regarded UN professionals, are detrimental to Sudan’s relations with the international community and to the protection and well-being of the people of Sudan.

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns the December 25 attack targeting African Union forces in Mogadishu. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the military and civilian personnel who were killed in this cowardly terrorist act.

Washington, DC - The U.S. government welcomes the decision of a Timor-Leste district court to release U.S. citizen Dr. Stacey Addison from prison on December 25 after she was detained for nearly two months. We have seen the reports that Dr. Addison’s passport was retained by the Government of Timor-Leste, and she remains in Timor-Leste.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Nobel Peace Prize laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo today spends the fifth anniversary of his conviction for “inciting subversion” in prison, serving out an 11-year sentence.

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes the December 24 Parliamentary confirmation of Somalia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. We look forward to the Prime Minister assuming office and to his prompt appointment of a capable Council of Ministers. We urge the President, Prime Minister, Parliament, and Council of Ministers to make progress toward realizing goals of critical importance to the nation, such as constitutional review, state formation, election preparations, development of military and police forces, and public financial management reforms.

Washington, DC - The United States is working closely with the Government of Jordan concerning the Jordanian pilot captured today.