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Recent Killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Such extrajudicial killing, if confirmed, would constitute gross violations of human rights and threatens to incite widespread violence and instability in an already fragile country

The United States is deeply concerned by video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing civilians, including women and children. Such extrajudicial killing, if confirmed, would constitute gross violations of human rights and threatens to incite widespread violence and…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Africa: Recent Killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Such extrajudicial killing, if confirmed, would constitute gross violations of human rights and threatens to incite widespread violence and instability in an already fragile country

The United States is deeply concerned by video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing civilians, including women and children. Such extrajudicial killing, if confirmed, would constitute gross violations of human rights and threatens to incite widespread violence and…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield to travel to the Gambia

During her trip, the Assistant Secretary will meet with President Barrow and other Gambian officials

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to The Gambia, February 17–19, to attend the inauguration of President Adama Barrow on February 18. During her trip, the Assistant Secretary will meet with President Barrow and other Gambian officials. Be sure to follow the Assistant Secretary on…

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The United States Congratulates Somalia on the Conclusion of its Electoral Process

We congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his selection as the next President of the Federal Government of Somalia and look forward to working closely with him and a new government

Press Statement attributable to Mark C. Toner: The United States congratulates the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process. We congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his selection as the next President of the Federal Government of Somalia and look forward to working closely with him…

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USAID Mission Director Reiterates Support for Fighting Trafficking in Persons

“The U.S. government is committed to partnering with Ghana to put an end to this illegal and unconscionable practice”

Andrew Karas, Mission Director of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana visited the Volta Region from January 24-27, where he met with stakeholders impacted by trafficking in persons. These stakeholders included police officers, regional social welfare officers, district development officials, social workers, immigration officials, and former victims…

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United States Welcomes Transition of Power in The Gambia

The United States is proud of our close ties to the people of The Gambia and looks forward to working closely with President Barrow and his team to achieve the aspirations of all Gambians

The United States welcomes the on-going peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and congratulates President Adama Barrow on his inauguration. We applaud the commitment to democracy and the restraint shown by the Gambian people over the past weeks. We commend the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and…

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Africa: United States Condemns Attack in Mali

This attack targeted troops from the signatory groups known as the Coordination of the Movements of the Azawad and the Platform, as well as government forces, who were preparing to start joint patrols in Gao, as called for in the 2015 peace accord

The United States strongly condemns the cowardly attack on a military camp in Gao that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. We are aware of reports that the attack was engineered by a suicide bomber using a truck filled with…

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Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield Travels to South Sudan and Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, the Assistant Secretary will meet with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh and officials of the African Union Commission

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be in South Sudan on January 18 and Ethiopia on January 19. The primary purpose of the Assistant Secretary's visit to Juba, South Sudan is to meet with Embassy personnel. She will also speak with international partners who deliver humanitarian…

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United States Lifting Select Sanctions on Sudan

During the next six months, U.S. persons will be authorized by OFAC to engage in transactions involving persons in Sudan; to import goods and services from Sudan; to export goods, technology, and services to Sudan; and to engage in transactions involving property in which the Government of Sudan has an interest

Why is the United States lifting sanctions on Sudan now?  Today’s actions to lift sanctions on Sudan and were the culmination of months of intensive bilateral engagement with Sudan. The United States and Sudan committed to focus on achieving progress in five key areas: ceasing hostilities in Darfur and the…

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Africa: The United States Urges Momentum in Somalia's Electoral Process

The United States maintains firm support for the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Somali security forces as they work to provide a secure environment for the electoral process

The United States welcomes the inauguration of Somalia’s new Federal Parliament and congratulates the people of Somalia on yet another step toward political stability. Parliament must now prioritize transparency and timeliness in the election of Speakers for both houses and the subsequent election of the Federal President to ensure credibility…