Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with DRC President Tshisekedi

As stated by Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi today, in New York City, on the margins of the UN General Assembly.  Secretary Blinken and President Tshisekedi discussed advancing shared global and regional priorities through the U.S.-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace, Prosperity, and Preservation.  The Secretary commended President Tshisekedi’s leadership as African Union Chair, including his efforts to strengthen relations among Great Lakes region countries and stop armed groups’ illicit trafficking of natural resources in the sub-region.

Secretary Blinken emphasized the United States’ resolve to use all appropriate tools to end the conflict in Ethiopia, including the September 17 announcement of a new Executive Order authorizing the use of financial sanctions.  The two leaders also discussed the African Union’s critical role in COVID-19 response efforts, and addressing the climate crisis, as well as mediating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute and de-escalating tensions in Somalia.

/Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization/author(s)and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s).View in full here.