June 20, 2024

In Libreville, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman discusses COVID-19, environment, climate and Congo Basin with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman meets with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba in Libreville, Gabon, on May 6, 2022. [Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Libreville
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman meets with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba in Libreville, Gabon, on May 6, 2022. [Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Libreville

The United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba on Friday in Libreville, Gabon, and both leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including environmental protection and climate resilience, Congo Basin conservation efforts, and public health initiatives on COVID-19.

The State Department described the meeting as ‘productive’ and said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine also came up.

“Deputy Secretary Sherman and President Bongo Ondimba had a productive conversation on potential new avenues for deepening our strong relations,” the State Department said in a readout. “They expressed their support for the people of Ukraine and the principles enshrined in the United Nations and African Union Charters, currently threatened by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. They also discussed the shared commitment to security cooperation and regional security priorities.”

Sherman also met with Gabonese Minister of Defense Félicité Ongouori Ngoubili on Friday in Libreville. “Deputy Secretary Sherman and Minister Ngoubili discussed opportunities to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, continue joint training programs with the Gabonese military, and deepen peace and security in the region and globally,” the U.S. State Department said in a brief readout.

It added that Secretary Sherman also met with Gabonese Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo in Libreville on Friday and they too discussed “the strong U.S.-Gabonese bilateral relationship, regional security issues, collaboration in multilateral institutions including the UN Security Council, and shared commitment to address health and climate challenges.”

Sherman embarked on a three-nation African tour on Monday along with Assistant Secretary for Africa Mary Catherine Phee and the White House National Security Council Africa Director Dana Banks.

Their visit took them to South Africa and Angola before the final African stop in Gabon on Friday. From there, the U.S. delegation is traveling to France.

The State Department said last week that on May 7, the Deputy Secretary will meet in Paris, France, with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly “to discuss our ongoing, close coordination to respond to Putin’s brutal, unprovoked war against Ukraine.”

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