Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I would like to extend my best wishes to the people of Afghanistan as you celebrate the 100th anniversary of your independence on August 19.

Washington, DC - Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Finland August 19-28 to engage in several key events and meet with senior leaders.

Washington, DC - The United States congratulates the people of Sudan on the August 17 signing of the Constitutional Declaration and political agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council.  We are encouraged by this first step in the establishment of a civilian-led transitional government.  The United States commends the mediators from the African Union and the Government of Ethiopia for their efforts to broker this landmark agreement. Special Envoy for Sudan Donald Booth was honored to witness the signing and will continue to support the process of implementing the agreements.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "The United States congratulates Alejandro Giammattei on his election as the next president of Guatemala.  We commend the people of Guatemala for their participation in a successful, free, fair, and transparent election.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the United States, I send my best wishes to the Government and people of Gabon on the celebration of the 59th anniversary of your independence.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the United States, it is with great pleasure that I extend congratulations to the people of Chad on your 59th independence anniversary on August 11.