Brussels, Belgium - The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the U.S. Secretary of State, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs met in Brussels today to assess the current situation in Libya.

Washington, DC - The United States condemns the bombing at the Iranian Ambassador’s residence in Sanaa earlier this morning and expresses its condolences to the families of the victims.

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s attacks in Wajir and Mandera counties in Kenya as well other recent attacks by the terrorist group al-Shabaab targeting innocent civilians.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the at least 38 individuals killed yesterday. 

Washington, DC - Tomorrow, development worker Alan Gross will begin a sixth year of unjustified imprisonment in difficult conditions in Cuba. Cuban authorities arrested Mr. Gross on December 3, 2009, and later sentenced him to 15 years in prison for facilitating uncensored internet contact between a small, religious community on the island and the rest of the world.

Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden: "I welcome today’s announcement on the formation of a new Ukrainian government. The Ukrainian people demonstrated their clear preference for democracy, political and economic reform, and self-determination at the ballot box during the October 26 parliamentary elections.

Rabat, Morocco - In an important symbol of our commitment and enduring relationship with Morocco, U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Dwight L. Bush, Sr., and Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Heather Townsend, alongside local officials, dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Rabat today.