The Democratic Republic of Congo’s newly-elected President Felix Tshisekedi makes an official visit to the U.S. next week where he will meet with top administration officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the State Department announced.
U.S. officials didn’t say whether President Tshisekedi will also meet with President Donald Trump.
“Next week, we welcome the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, Felix Tshisekedi, on his first official visit to the United States,” Robert Palladino, a spokesperson at the State Department said, during the daily media briefing. “That’ll be April 3rd through 5th. We share President Tshisekedi’s interest in developing a strong partnership between the United States and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and we’re committed to working with him to advance his agenda to combat corruption, strengthen the rule of law, enhance security, protect human rights, and promote economic growth through increased foreign investment and trade, particularly with the United States.”
Palladino added: “During his visit, President Tshisekedi will meet with Secretary Pompeo as well as other United States Cabinet-level and high-level officials to discuss United States-Democratic Republic of the Congo cooperation on a range of issues, including efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Eastern Congo. We support President Tshisekedi’s commitment to delivering change that the Congolese people desire and deserve, and we share a common interest in realizing Congo’s potential and in creating a better and more prosperous future.”