February 6, 2023

VIDEO: Bilateral meeting between US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and President Felix Antoine TSHISEKEDI Tshilombo of the DRC

VIDEO: Bilateral meeting between USA's Antony J. Blinken and Felix Antoine TSHISEKEDI Tshilombo of the DRC
VIDEO: Bilateral meeting between USA's Antony J. Blinken and Felix Antoine TSHISEKEDI Tshilombo of the DRC

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. hosted 49 African countries at the White House for a state dinner on December 14, 2022, during the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C. In attendance were Presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers, as well as the chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Below is a bilateral meeting between United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and President Felix Antoine TSHISEKEDI Tshilombo of the DRC.

Blinken-DRC-Bilat English Well, good afternoon, everyone and let me say what a pleasure it is to have a president. The chassis, Katie here and I was the recipient of his wonderful hospitality in the Drc. Some some months ago, but we have a strong partnership between the United States in the Drc. And it’s why we met in contrast to why we’re meeting here, but I would be remiss if I didn’t start by saying and sharing our condolences. For those who lost their lives in the terrible floods that took place just over the last twenty four hours, and I know the Foreign Minister was telling me that it’s actually very near his his own hometown, and we very much regret the the loss of life. It’s also further evidence of the challenges that we’re all facing with with climate, and we something that we’re working on together, but we have a range of shared priorities that will continue to discuss including free and fair elections next year. Finding concrete solutions to sustainable development for the Drc protecting the the Congo Basin, which we had good conversations about Ah, and of course peace in Eastern Drc which were determined to support and and help pursue earlier today, we also signed, I think a significant memorandum of understanding with a Zambia, and I think this is a very powerful and evidence of. Possibilities for the for the future and the central role that Drc can play in actually finding for everyone a clean energy future, so Mr. President. Thank you for the time. Thank you for being here today. It’s frigate have been washing. The. Q. Mr. Secretary of State. Thank you for your invitation and I want to thank and congratulate the United States and the President Biden for this wonderful initiative, which in my opinion is going to bring together the United States and Africa. We need this in Africa. We felt that the United States had remade far. From African concerns for a long time and now we have a an excellent example, a good initiative on the part of President Biden and we welcome this, especially, since the U S position when it comes to security in a D, D R C are really encouraged us, our country, Unfortunately is the Vic. Game of a aggression, which is hidden, but it’s from Rwanda, and that this has been stabilizing. This are a part of our country, the eastern part of the Drc with to all sorts of. Suffering for the populations who have been displaced by hundreds of thousands, and they live in very precarious conditions. We want to thank the United. We count on the pressure and the support of the United States. To put an end to this. I know that we’re going to talk about climate change and the struggle of the entire world against climate change. And the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a solution country, but unfortunately were not sufficiently supported. You’ve just to give us last year condolences for the tragedy in Kinshasa last night. Thank you for your condolences. But this is the very example of what we have been regret good thing. For some time, does sir support from countries who pollute? And which unfortunately leads to negative consequences in our countries that cannot protect themselves from this, I think we will talk also of the economic partnership of American investments which are lagging, but I know that the U S are at the forefront of a. The processing of those strategic products to strategic minerals and the The Drc has a lot of these minerals in the and the Er, so we are ready to talk about this, Talk about a win -win partnership. With the possibility of transforming these minerals in the Drc to create a value chain which will lead a lead to the creation of the mill of thousands and hundreds of millions of jobs, and this would be for the good of the people of the Drc and the United States. So we’re at a. Key time in the history of our two countries that I could add two continents, because it’s the whole of Africa, which is represented here, and I hope that we will leave Washington with excellent resolutions. Thank you, Mr Secretary for welcoming us here.


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