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Travel to Addis Ababa, Juba, Kinshasa, and Luanda, April 29-May 5, 2014

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Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Juba, South Sudan; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.); and Luanda, Angola, on April 29-May 5 to encourage democratic development, promote respect for human rights, advance peace and security, engage with civil society and young African leaders who will shape the continent’s future, and promote trade, investment and development partnerships in Africa.

The Secretary’s trip also highlighted U.S. investments in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

In Addis Ababa, Secretary Kerry co-convened the Fourth Session of the U.S.-AU High-Level Dialogue and discuss a range of issues on which we partner with the African Union (AU). Secretary Kerry met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom to discuss efforts to advance peace and democracy in the region, and strengthen important areas of bilateral cooperation with Ethiopia.

In Juba on May 2, Secretary Kerry reiterated the need for all parties to respect the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, to immediately cease attacks on civilians, and to fully cooperate with the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to protect civilians and to provide life-saving assistance to the people of South Sudan. He also met civil society leaders, IDP representatives, and UNMISS officials.

In Kinshasa, Secretary Kerry met with President Joseph Kabila and discussed how the D.R.C. Government’s progress in neutralizing some of the dozens of dangerous armed groups that victimize the Congolese people can be consolidated and how to best advance the D.R.C.’s democratization and long-term stability, including through a timely and transparent electoral process.

In Luanda, Secretary Kerry commended President José Eduardo dos Santos for Angola’s leadership of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and encourage the President’s continued personal engagement in the Great Lakes peace process. The Secretary also discussed bilateral policy and trade issues with Foreign Minister Chikoti.

Secretary Kerry was accompanied by Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russell Feingold, Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issue Catherine Russell.


Angola

Remarks

-05/05/14  Press Availability in Luanda, Angola;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Luanda, Angola
-05/05/14  Remarks With Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Ministry of Finance; Luanda, Angola
-05/04/14  Remarks While Touring a GE Facility in Luanda;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Luanda, Angola
-05/04/14  Meeting With Embassy Luanda Staff and Families;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Luanda, Angola

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Remarks

-05/04/14  Remarks After Touring the Fistula Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
-05/04/14  Briefing on the D.R.C.;  Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russell D. Feingold; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
-05/04/14  Press Availability on the D.R.C. and the Great Lakes Region;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
-05/03/14  Meeting With Embassy Kinshasa Staff and Families;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Chief of Mission Residence; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
-05/03/14  Remarks at Pharmacy Supported by Micro-Finance;  Secretary of State John Kerry; SINOCO Medical Supply Store; Kinshasa, Congo (Kinshasa)
-05/03/14  Remarks With Democratic Republic of the Congo Foreign Minister Tshibanda Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Ndjili International Airport; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
-05/03/14  Background Briefing Following the Secretary's Visit to Ethiopia; En Route, Congo (Kinshasa)

South Sudan

Remarks

-05/02/14  Meeting With Staff of Embassy Juba;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Embassy Juba; Juba, South Sudan
-05/02/14  Press Availability in South Sudan;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Embassy Juba; Juba, South Sudan

Ethiopia

Remarks

-05/03/14  Commitment to Africa;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Gullele Botanic Park; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
-05/01/14  Remarks at Embassy Addis Ababa and the U.S. Mission to the African Union;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Embassy Addis Ababa; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
-05/01/14  Remarks at the U.S.-African Union High-Level Dialogue;  Secretary of State John Kerry; African Union Commission; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
-05/01/14  Press Availability in Addis Ababa;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
-05/01/14  Remarks During Visit to Gandhi Memorial Hospital;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Gandhi Memorial Hospital; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
-05/01/14  Remarks With Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom, Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Chawahir Mohamed, And Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
-04/29/14  Background Briefing Previewing Secretary Kerry's Trip to Ethiopia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

Press Releases

SECRETARY'S SCHEDULE

-05/04/14   May 04 - Sunday
-05/03/14   May 03 - Saturday
-05/02/14   May 02 - Friday
-05/01/14   May 01 - Thursday
-04/30/14   April 30 - Wednesday

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