Washington, DC -  The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Iraq and calls on all sides to reject the cycle of violence. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed during the demonstrations this weekend.  We mourn the loss of life and wish those injured a swift and full recovery.

The United States is deeply concerned about the forced closure of media outlets and the pressure to censor reporting about the protests.  Press freedom is inherent to democratic reform.  We support the fundamental right to freedom of expression, constitutionally granted to all media organizations, and the right of journalists to practice their profession in safety.  The U.S. government continues to support the Iraqi government, the Iraqi people, and Iraq’s security, stability, and sovereignty.