February 26, 2021
Following provides information on a nearly hour-long conversation between Vice President Kamala Harris and President Felix Tahisekedi. (Then the statement)
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Vice President congratulated President Tshisekedi on assuming the African Union Chairmanship. They discussed COVID-19, the recent Ebola outbreaks, and economic opportunity. They committed to work together to strengthen health security, increase regional trade and investment, promote human rights and good governance, and to address the challenges of climate change. The Vice President committed to working with the DRC government to advance girls’ education and to bolster economic opportunities for all Congolese. The Vice President emphasized the serious concern of the United States about reports of significant human rights violations and a deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. They agreed to collaborate to reduce conflict, support dialogue, and secure peace in eastern DRC and the region.
Ambassador Hammer noted: The near hour-long discussion covered the many areas where the United States partners with the DRC and reflects the Biden Administration’s appreciation for the important role President Tshisekedi takes on as Chairman of the African Union. The Biden administration looks forward to strengthening and expanding our US-DRC privileged partnership to include working together to address Climate Change, in particular the importance of protecting the Congolese rainforest.