Washington, DC - The members of the Troika (the United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States) welcome the ongoing efforts of President Thabo Mbeki and the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to help bring an end to the conflicts in Sudan, and to help initiate a process of genuine national dialogue.

Naples, Italy - Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples and Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) worked together to conduct Operation Help for the Holidays (OHH) in Bucharest, Romania, a gift-giving event, December 15.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of the government and people of the United States, I would like to congratulate President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi on his victory and the Tunisian people on the successful completion of their process to elect a new government under the constitution adopted last January.

Washington, DC - Sombath Somphone was abducted on the evening of December 15, 2012 from a police checkpoint in Vientiane. The United States remains deeply concerned over Sombath’s fate and the message it sends to other members of civil society who strive to improve the lives of their countrymen.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Government is firmly committed to supporting Kenya's efforts to defeat al-Shabaab and to ensure security of all of its citizens.

Guatemala City, Guatemala - The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has selected Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle, Washington, as the design architect for the new U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Miller Hull Partnership will develop the concept design for the new facility.