Washington, DC - The United States condemns recent acts of violence in the capital of Djibouti and calls for the immediate release of opposition leaders who have been detained. We express our condolences to all those affected by the tragic deaths and injuries caused by these attacks.

We urge the Government of Djibouti to respect its citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and association, and to exercise restraint. We call on the Government of Djibouti and all political stakeholders to engage in dialogue to prevent further violence. We also encourage the Government and opposition parties to resume negotiations to ensure peaceful and transparent presidential elections in 2016.

We reaffirm our support for these negotiations and for Djibouti’s commitment to strengthening inclusive governance and development.