Kinshasa, August 10th, 2022 (CPA).- The USA invites all countries to respect the territorial integrity of neighbors, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday during the press briefing co-hosted at the marquee of the Cité de l’Union Africaine, in front of some forty journalists from local and international media, with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DRC, Christophe Lutundula, after a private meeting with the President of the Republic Felix Antoine Tshisekedi.
« That’s a global principle, and I’m not talking about it only in relation to Ukraine, but it’s just as important for the DRC and any other country, » he added, in response. to a question from the press relating to the aggression of the DRC by Rwanda.
Antony Blinken, who arrived in Kinshasa with a large delegation after a working stay in South Africa, further underlined: « What we [USA] do on a daily basis is to ensure that the United States can support international mediation managed by Kenya and Angola, to bring back peace, security and stability”. The American statesman finally called on the M23 and all other armed groups to “cease their violent activities, demilitarize and pursue the normalization efforts that are imperative”.
Round of questions of common interest
For his part, Deputy Prime Minister Christophe Lutundula indicated, speaking of their bilateral talks, that « the USA and the DRC are determined to consolidate their partnership in a very turbulent context, both at the international level and that of the East of the country”.
“The American and Congolese delegations discussed issues of common interest in the following areas: defense and security, focusing on security issues in eastern DRC and military cooperation; economy and finance, as well as the issue of natural resources,” he continued.
Christophe Lutundula affirmed, finally, that on all these matters, they shared analyzes and reached a common understanding, before “drawing up new perspectives accompanied by reciprocal commitments”.
Relaunch of the USA-Africa dialogue
According to international media, Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s African tour is aimed at warming the US-Africa dialogue as well as attenuating Russian influence on the continent. This round began, Sunday, August 8th, 2022, with South Africa where he declared in particular: “Washington does not consider Africa as a field where the great powers clash. This is not how we see our commitment to the continent. »
In addition, an American-African summit is scheduled for December 13 in Washington, to seal the new interest of the United States for the continent, it is announced.
Antony Blinken on his arrival
The aircraft carrying the American statesman, a US Air Force Boeing Vc-32A, emblazoned in US national colors, landed at N’djili International Airport in the early afternoon. The American diplomat, accompanied by the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, José Fernandez, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Molly Phee, and the Senior Director of the National Security Council for Africa, Judd Devermont were welcomed at the foot of the plane by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Christophe Lutundula Opala and the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in the DRC, Ms. Marion Ekpuk. From the airport, the visitors headed for the city of the African Union, for a tete-a-tete President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshisekedi – Antony Blinken, before a bilateral meeting of the Congolese and American delegations, followed by a joint press conference.