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Secretary Blinken met with DRC President Tshisekedi

PoliticsSecretary Blinken met with DRC President Tshisekedi

Yesterday, Secretary Antony J. Blinken had a meeting with President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to address the critical humanitarian and security situation in the eastern part of the DRC. Secretary Blinken conveyed his sorrow for the loss of life that occurred in Kishishe and his concern for the hundreds of thousands of people who were forced to flee their homes.

A cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of the M23 armed group, an end to state support to armed groups, condemnation of hate speech, and the resumption of consultations between the DRC government and domestic armed groups through the Nairobi Process were all points of agreement between Secretary Blinken and President Tshisekedi during their conversation on the importance of immediate implementation of the communiqué issued on November 23 following the Luanda Mini-Summit on Peace and Security. The Luanda Mini

The Secretary of State exhorted the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take a stand against hate speech and asked it to step up its efforts to denounce language that is inadmissible. The Secretary emphasised that any permitted cross-border military actions, whether they be bilateral or multilateral, should be deconflicted with MONUSCO and carried out in accordance with the resolutions that are already in place regarding UN sanctions. He lauded President Tshisekedi for his dedication to restoring peace and tranquilly to the Congolese people as well as his desire to participate in ongoing talks with the opposition.

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