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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Don Yamamoto will lead the U.S. delegation to the 20th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 27 and 28, 2013. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Yamamoto will be accompanied by Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast.
The theme of the 20th AU Summit is Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity. At the Summit, PDAS Yamamoto will have the opportunity to engage African heads of state on security challenges, notably Mali, Sudan/South Sudan, and Eastern D.R.C. as well as social and economic issues including youth, gender, and economic integration.
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