27 March 2019

Congo-Kinshasa: Tshisekedi to Meet U.S. Secretary of State on U.S. Visit

Photo: Michael Grosss/US Department of State
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Democratic Republic of the Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on the margins of the NATO Ministerial at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., in Washington, D.C., on April 3, 2019. [State Department photo by Michael Gross/ Public Domain]

Cape Town — Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the African leader's first official state visit between 3 and 5 April, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino has confirmed.

Tshisekedi will also meet other high-level U.S. officials to discuss cooperation efforts between the two countries relating to a range of issues, including efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Eastern Congo.

Tshisekedi will also address American business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on 3 April. On April 4, he will speak at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tshisekedi's visit comes as he seeks to distinguish himself from the policy choices and appointments of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

Kabila's party, Common Front for the Congo, still holds most of the seats in DRC's Parliament and will be the deciding factor in the appointment of a prime minister, thus having means to retain influence over the government.

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