Secretary Kerry’s Remarks: World Refugee Day

Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of innocent people to flee, and challenging the world to find better ways ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Africa: “Decisive Moment for Democracy”

By John Kerry Last May, I shared in an extraordinary moment. I had the privilege, together with many leaders from across Africa, of bearing witness to the first peaceful, democratic transition of power between two parties in Nigeria.I traveled to Lagos earlier this year to emphasize that for the United States, Nigeria is an increasingly ... Read More»

4th of July Reception Highlights Key Programs

Embassy Kinshasa celebrated Independence Day with a representational reception at the Ambassador’s Residence.  The reception’s guest list was focused on high-level figures in government, private sector, and civil society, as well as program alumni and members of the YALI Network.  In his remarks, Ambassador Swan reiterated for credible democratic reform, consolidation of economic and ... Read More»

Remarks for YALI/USAID Youth Assessment

Good evening, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, friends and colleagues.  On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, it is an honor to welcome you here tonight, especially our 2014 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows and our partners at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) who undertook, in partnership with USAID, a nation-wide youth assessment. This is a ... Read More»

Feingold, Affleck testify before U.S. Congress

On Wednesday, February 26, Special Envoy to the Great Lakes and the DRC, Russell Feingold, actor and activist Ben Afflek, and others testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Congress on the situation in eastern Congo.   Secretary Kerry acknowledged the ongoing efforts of both Affleck and Feingold to ameliorate the situation. In ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»
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