Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson (Madagascar’s Current Political Situation)

The United States is closely following ongoing political developments in Madagascar.  The country has made tremendous progress since its 2013 elections and return to democracy, and we hope that current developments do not jeopardize those gains.

We call on all parties to resolve the current political impasse with respect for the rule of law and through national dialogue in order to maintain the political stability needed to grow the economy, attract investment, create employment and improve the lives of the Malagasy people.  All political leaders need to work together to enable Madagascar to reach its full potential.  The welfare of the Malagasy people should be everyone’s first priority.