Progress toward DRC’s Elections

Date: August 9, 2018 From: Public Diplomacy Section Email address: KinshasaPress@state.gov Website: http://kinshasa.usembassy.gov Subject: Progress toward DRC’s Elections In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the ruling coalition’s announcement of a consensus candidate other than President Kabila represents a significant step forward for Congolese democracy.  We are encouraged by this sign that President Kabila intends to uphold his ...
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Paul Sabatine Sworn In as Mission Director to USAID/DRC

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Washington D.C.- Today Paul Sabatine was sworn in as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Mr. Sabatine will lead both the USAID DRC bilateral mission and the Central Africa Regional Operating Unit, which includes the Central African Regional Program ...
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U.S. Government makes significant contribution to joint response to Ebola outbreak in DRC

By early May 2018, 21 suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in and around of Bikoro in the DRC’s Equateur. Provincial health teams began a hemorrhagic fever outbreak investigation, and the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus in two patients.  On May 8, the Ministry ...
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Democratic Republic of the Congo National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 30, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to offer a warm greeting to the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they celebrate the 58th anniversary of their country’s independence. Today, as we ...
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Jennifer Haskell, Chargé d’Affaires, spoke at the 242nd anniversary of the United States of America

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to our celebration of American Freedom! Two hundred and forty-two years ago, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress signed the United States Declaration of Independence.  Each year, we honor this historic moment.  Americans are known for being punctual, and this year we decided to out-do our reputation ...
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Department of State Announces Additional $7 million to Combat Ebola in DRC

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                                                                     May 22, 2018 MEDIA NOTE On May 17, Secretary Mike Pompeo determined it is in the national interest to make $5 million available immediately from the Emergency Reserve Fund to respond to the emerging outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that poses a ...
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United States Welcomes Announcement of Electoral Calendar in the Democratic Republic of Congo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the announcement by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that long overdue elections will take place. With the announcement of the December 2018 date, the DRC has taken a significant step toward realizing its first peaceful, ...
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Concern Regarding Incidents in Lubumbashi

We are deeply concerned by the limits on freedom of assembly imposed by the DRC government and local authorities. We particularly regret the October 22 arrest of numerous opposition party members in Lubumbashi and support MONUSCO’s call for their release. Prohibitions on public meetings, the disruption of peaceful political activities, and arbitrary arrests are inconsistent ...
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USAID Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Kasaï Region of the DRC

On October 24, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $26.9 million in emergency funding to assist vulnerable populations in the Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This assistance brings the total USAID emergency contribution to the DRC in Fiscal Year 2017 to more than $128 million. The ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the DRC

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on September 15. We call upon the Government of the DRC to work with the Office ...
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U.S. Government contributes $400,000 to contain recent DRC Ebola outbreak

Following this cluster of illness and deaths in and around Bas-Uele, on May 5, 2017, the provincial health team began a hemorrhagic fever outbreak investigation which was confirmed after tests at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa.  After tests confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus, on May 11, 2017, the Ministry ...
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USAID Awards a New Activity to Increase Household Incomes in South Kivu

USAID is proud to announce a new $23 million, five-year award: Feed the Future Democratic Republic of the Congo Value Chains activity. The goal is to increase household incomes and access to nutrient rich crops by linking 60,000 small-holder farmers in South Kivu to markets and suppliers. The activity will increase specialty coffee production and ...
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Treasury Sanctions Senior Congolese Official

Treasury Sanctions Senior Congolese Official for Leading Republican Guard in Undermining Democratic Processes Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned a senior Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) official pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13413, as amended by E.O. 13671, which authorizes sanctions in light of activities that ...
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U.S. Statement on the Nomination of a New Prime Minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States reiterates its disappointment that signatories to the December 31 agreement were unable to reach agreement on the selection of a new Prime Minister in accordance with the agreement. Full and swift implementation by the government of the DRC of the agreement in conformance with UN Security Council Resolution 2348 is essential to ...
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Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Honor 13 Women of Courage

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world tomorrow at the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women ...
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Statement by Ambassador Haley, U.S. Rep. to the UN, on the Deaths of M. Sharp and Z. Catalan in DRC

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It is with great sadness that we received confirmation today of the deaths of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan. Michael and Zaida were killed senselessly while on a mission working for the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of ...
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U.S State Department: On Lack of Progress on the Political Agreement in the DRC

STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON The United States is disappointed by lack of progress in implementation of the December 31 Saint-Sylvestre Political Agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are concerned by the inability of both the Government of the DRC and the leaders of the opposition Rassemblement coalition to make the ...
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STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON February 19, 2017 Recent Killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo The United States is deeply concerned by video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing ...
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The United States Applauds DRC Agreement

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson January 2, 2017 The United States welcomes the December 31 signing of an inclusive political compromise agreement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and opposition party leaders. By paving the way for peaceful, democratic elections in 2017, this agreement marks an important and historic step for ...
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United States Supports Continued Efforts Toward a More Inclusive Agreement in the DRC

The United States recognizes that the coming weeks will be critical in determining whether the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) pursues a path of democratic principles and compromise, or one that risks a return to violence and instability. We underscore our support for the discussions facilitated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CENCO) between the ...
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USG Celebrates its Longstanding Partnership With the DRC to Improve Access to Life-Saving Medicines and Health Commodities

Kinshasa, November 18, 2017 – The United States Embassy Kinshasa is pleased to announce the closeout of three projects funded by the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): the DELIVER project, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) and Supply Chain Management System (SCMS). For more than three years, ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: The Paris Agreement to Enter Into Force

Nearly 200 nations made history in Paris last December, when they came together around the most ambitious, inclusive climate agreement ever negotiated. I was honored to represent the United States in those negotiations and to be in the conference hall as the text was gaveled in. Immediately following the adoption of the Paris Agreement, President ...
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Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2016 Refugee Admissions

The United States is taking the lead in meeting the unprecedented challenge of the global refugee crisis.  At the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September, President Obama brought together world leaders on the margins of the UN General Assembly to galvanize additional humanitarian support, improve educational and access to lawful work for refugees, and expand ...
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U.S. Ambassador Extends Condolences to Families of Victims of Kinshasa Unrest

Ambassador James Swan and the staff of the Embassy of the United States of America extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of Congolese citizens who lost their lives as a consequence of civil unrest and violence in Kinshasa earlier this week. Our thoughts are also with those who were injured, and we ...
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Alarm Over Protests and Harassment of the U.S. Special Envoy in the DRC

The United States is disappointed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo electoral commission’s (CENI) failure to announce an elections calendar today as called for by the DRC constitution. We are also deeply alarmed by reports of violence that occurred alongside civic protests today in Kinshasa, and which reportedly has already resulted in the deaths ...
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Support for Facilitation of National Dialogue in the D.R. Congo

The United States welcomes the recent Inaugural Meeting of the Support Group for the Facilitation of the National Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  While not a member of this Group, the United States endorses the conclusions of the meeting, in which participants reaffirmed the crucial importance of holding a successful national dialogue ...
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Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson: On Defending Democratic Space in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing a historic year that should – according to that country’s constitution – culminate in the DRC’s first democratic transfer of executive power. The United States supports the Congolese people in their pursuit of timely, free, and fair elections and underscores the importance of open political space ...
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Special Envoy Perriello Travel to France, Belgium, Switzerland, DRC, Burundi, and Tanzania

U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello is in the midst of an extended trip that started on April 4, 2016 in Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, and includes stops in Geneva, Switzerland; Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Bujumbura, Burundi; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, through ...
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Statement on the Expulsion of Jason Stearns

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is deeply troubled by the expulsion on April 7 of noted researcher and current Center on International Cooperation Senior Fellow and Director of the Congo Research Group Jason Stearns. Well-documented reports by serious research organizations contribute to a strong democracy by stimulating public discussion of ...
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Statement by Mark C. Toner: Results of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Congo

The United States is profoundly disappointed by the flawed presidential electoral process in the Republic of Congo. Widespread irregularities and the arrests of opposition supporters following the elections marred an otherwise peaceful vote. The United States calls upon the Congolese Government to correct these numerous deficiencies before scheduling legislative elections in order to bring credibility ...
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Congolese Coffee Farmers Win Global Sales with USAID Help

More than 4,500 small-scale coffee farmers supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are attracting international buyers and making sales to American coffee companies including Starbucks, Counter Culture Coffee and Sweet Maria’s. Today, Starbucks launches a high-quality South Kivu coffee ...
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Statement by John Kirby: ICC Convicts Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

The United States welcomes yesterday’s verdict at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and previously a leader of a Congolese rebel group that committed widespread atrocities in the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2002 to 2003.  His conviction ...
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Declaration by Spokesperson John Kirby on Presidential Elections in Republic of Congo

The United States congratulates the Congolese people for their active participation in the March 20 presidential elections.  Their enthusiasm and determination to register to vote and peacefully engage, despite many impediments, demonstrates their commitment to democracy. We note numerous reports of irregularities that have raised concerns about the credibility of the process, including the media ...
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Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson, On the Ugandan Government’s Post-Election Conduct

The United States reiterates its ongoing concerns with Uganda’s post-election environment, in which the government and its security forces persistently have violated the rights and freedoms of Ugandan citizens and the media. The continued detention of opposition figures without legal justification, the ongoing harassment of opposition supporters, interference in legal challenges to the election results, ...
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Press Conference on Ivory Seizure

Dr. Diana Putman, USAID/DRC Mission Director, spoke at a press conference with World Wildlife Fund officials in Kinshasa on Feb. 23, 2016, to congratulate the Congolese authorities on their success in disrupting a network of ivory traffickers. On February 4, 2016, Congolese authorities seized approximately 30kg of ivory tusks and ornaments in two separate operations ...
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Joint Statement by the Embassies of Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom and United States to the D.R.Congo

Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Congolese Constitution On this February 18, 2016, we congratulate the Congolese government and people on the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution, which remains an enduring expression of consensual national values.  The Constitution is the product of long negotiations and compromise by a broad range of ...
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Exercise of the Right to Freedom of Expression in the D.R. Congo

The United States is troubled by the harassment and detention of peaceful activists and opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including those detained in connection with this week’s general strike. These detentions stifle the free expression of diverse political viewpoints, contributing to a closing of political space while undermining the credibility of ...
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United States Welcomes Renewed MONUSCO Cooperation in the DRC

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesman The United States welcomes the recent announcement that the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) have signed an agreement to permit resumed cooperation against illegal armed groups.  This agreement follows nearly a ...
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United States Congratulates Burkina Faso on Peaceful Election

John Kerry – Secretary of State I congratulate the people of Burkina Faso on holding peaceful and orderly presidential and legislative elections this week. Over the past two years the Burkinabe people have repeatedly demonstrated their strong commitment to democracy in the face of adversity, and shown that legitimate leadership requires public accountability.I further congratulate ...
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U.S. Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation Announced

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is now accepting applications for the 2016 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The deadline for applications is December 31st 2015. No extensions will be granted. Please contact Cultural Affairs Team at PASKinshasaGrants@state.gov for more information and to receive the necessary paperwork. Since its creation by the ...
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New partnership dedicates $10 million to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people affected by HIV/AIDS

The Elton John AIDS Foundation and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief join forces to help end stigma and HIV/AIDS for LGBT people London 4th November: The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched on November 4th a $10 million partnership that will provide ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Violence and Disturbing Rhetoric in Burundi

The United States is alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric on the part of the government, loyalist militias, violent anti-government forces and criminal elements. The United States will support the region and our partners in the international community so that those who commit or incite violence are held accountable. We ...
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The Republic of Congo’s Flawed Referendum Process

Press Statement by John Kirby, Department Spokesperson The United States is disappointed by the deeply flawed process that culminated in the recent referendum on a new constitution for the Republic of Congo. The credibility of the referendum process was marred by violence, intimidation, and severe restrictions on basic freedoms. In its aftermath, the United States ...
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Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall Travels to the DR Congo

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall is traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from October 18-24, 2015. While in the DRC, Under Secretary Sewall will discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the need to ensure timely, credible, and peaceful elections; combat sexual and gender-based violence; ...
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Special Envoy Thomas Perriello Returns to the African Great Lakes Region

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will return to the region on August 18 to visit Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.), and Angola. The Special Envoy’s trip will focus on upcoming elections in the region in furtherance of President Obama’s policy in support of democratic transitions. ...
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Urgent Need for Political Dialogue in Burundi

Press Statement by John Kirby Department Spokesperson Today’s inauguration in Burundi demonstrates the ruling party’s intent to ignore the voices of its people in pursuit of its own political agenda.  An inauguration – without a government that represents the population’s many political voices and without a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue – will not resolve the ...
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U.S., DRC Host Central African Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop in Kinshasa

The Governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the United States will host a Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop in Kinshasa, August 24–26, for the Economic Community of the Central African States.  U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, James Swan and a high-level official from the DRC Government will provide remarks along ...
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Elections in Burundi Will Lack Credibility

Press Statement John Kirby, Department Spokesperson The United States warns that elections held under the current conditions in Burundi will not be credible and will further discredit the government. The legitimacy of the electoral process in Burundi over the past few months has been tainted by the government’s harassment of opposition and civil society members, ...
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Press Conference with Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski

Ambassador Swan: Good afternoon, everyone.  Welcome.  I’m Jim Swan, the Ambassador here in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  It’s my honor to introduce Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski.  He has a distinguished career in senior policy positions at the State Department, previously on our Policy Planning Staff, also on ...
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Embassy Condemns Ambush

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa condemns in the strongest terms the ambush on a MONUSCO convoy last night near Beni, which resulted in the deaths of two Tanzanian United Nations peacekeepers. We recognize and honor the ultimate sacrifice of these soldiers, who are part of a United Nations mission dedicated to bring peace and stability ...
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Statement By Marie Harf on Detention of Youth Activists in the D.R. Congo

The United States remains deeply concerned by the ongoing detention, without formal charges or regular access to legal counsel, of youth activists by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  At least three youth members of the “Filimbi” movement detained during a peaceful civil society event in the capital Kinshasa have been held ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Joseph Kabila of the D.R. Congo

President Obama spoke today with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The President emphasized the importance of timely, credible, and peaceful elections that respect the DRC’s constitution and protect the rights of all DRC citizens.  The President noted that President Kabila’s legacy as a leader who brought the DRC out ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the President’s Travel to Africa

The Government of Kenya has agreed to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) this July.  Organized annually since 2009, the GES has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organizations, and governments looking to support them.  This will be the first time the GES will take place in ...
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US Diplomat Arrested in Kinshasa

USAID Democracy, Rights, and Governance Director, Kevin Sturr, was detained by Congolese authorities along with a number of journalists and other participants attending a press conference in Masina on Sunday, March 15. While we have not yet been officially informed as to why he was detained, Mr. Sturr was attending a press conference about a ...
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Welcoming the Global Electoral Calendar in the DRC

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson The United States welcomes the publishing of the global electoral calendar for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). We look to the important presidential elections scheduled to take place on November 27, 2016, in line with the DRC constitution, as an opportunity ...
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Welcoming the Start of Military Operations Against the FDLR

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson The United States welcomes the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern DRC and Rwanda ...
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The United States welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s approval of electoral legislation

Press Statement by Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson The United States welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s approval of electoral legislation that sets the country on course towards timely elections in line with its Constitution. We applaud the efforts of the National Assembly and the Senate to reach consensus and ensure that presidential elections ...
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U.S. Concerned about Increased Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson The United States is deeply concerned after a third day of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following the National Assembly’s passage of electoral legislation and as the Senate began consideration of similar legislation. ‎ The United States is troubled by reports of widespread violent demonstrations, looting, unlawful ...
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Statement on Reports of Violence in Kinshasa

The United States is concerned about reports of violence in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, following the National Assembly’s passage of electoral legislation. The United States stresses the importance of protecting political space and ensuring that all citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and exercise their rights to free speech. We urge all ...
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U.S. Embassy Commends FARDC and MONUSCO for Combined Military Operations in South Kivu

In anticipation of imminent military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the United States commends the combined military action begun January 5, 2015 by the DRC armed forces (FARDC) and United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) against the Burundian rebel group, National Liberation Forces ...
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Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation 2015

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is now accepting applications for the 2015 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The deadline for applications is December 20th 2014. No extensions will be granted. Please contact Cultural Affairs Assistant, Nathalie Tshiamala at  TshiamalaN@state.gov  for more information and to receive the necessary paperwork. Since its creation ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates 16,000 Books to Congolese Schools

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is proud to announce that in coordination with the American non-profit organization Books for Africa, 16,000 books donated by American schools, libraries and individuals will be distributed to schools and libraries throughout the DRC.  This Saturday, September 27, from 12:15-14:00, the Embassy will host headmasters and teachers from over 200 ...
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Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Catherine Russell to Travel to Africa

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo from June 30 – July 7, 2014. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also travel with Dr. Biden. During their travel, Dr. Biden, Administrator ...
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U.S. Embassy Offers $200K in Humanitarian Assistance to Congolese Returnees

The US Embassy has announced that it will make $200,000 worth of humanitarian assistance ($100,000 from the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and $100,000 from USAID’s Food for Peace Program) available to returnees from Brazzaville now gathered in Maluku.  The funds will be transferred immediately to organizations currently involved in the humanitarian response, and ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry – U.S. Condemns Renewed Violence in CAR

The United States is deeply concerned by renewed inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  We condemn attacks by both anti-Balaka and Seleka groups in Bangui and the provinces.  We are also deeply disturbed by reports that some CAR leaders may be supporting attacks by anti-Balaka and Seleka, respectively, instead of working for peace ...
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