The United States Secretary of State, Anthony J. Blinken, will from Aug. 9 to 12, 2022, visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to broker peace between the two countries.
He is expected to hold talks with high government officials and members of the civil society on the organisation of elections, which the US hopes will be free, inclusive, just and respect human rights and fundamental liberties.
“He will also focus on the fight against corruption, support to trade and investment, actions aimed at facing climate change, increase in agricultural resilience,” a statement by the US Embassy in Kinshasa revealed.
“He will push the African regional efforts towards promoting peace in the eastern DR Congo and the whole Great Lakes region. He will also hold talks with high Rwandan government officials and members of the civil society on peace-keeping operations. The Secretary of State would concentrate on Rwanda’s role in reducing tension and the current violence in eastern DR Congo,” the statement explained.
“He will also raise preoccupations related to democracy and human rights comprising transnational repression, the limitation of opportunities for divergent opinions and political opposition and the unjustified detention of Paul Rusesabagina, a permanent legal resident of the United States.”
The United States is among the rare countries that have openly criticised Rwanda’s support for the March 23 (M23) rebel movement’s activities in DR Congo.
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