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US Backtracks, Assures Tshisekedi of Full Support

The United States government has pledged full support for Democratic Republic of Congo President, Felix Tshisekedi just a month after declaring sanctions on his senior government officials.

A statement released by the Department of States said the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo who met Tshisekedi on Wednesday in Washington, D.C expressed support towards the latter’s administration.

Washington described the transition of power from Joseph Kabila to Tshisekedi as historic.

“They (Pompeo and Tshisekedi) discussed the future of U.S.-DRC relations following the country’s historic transfer of power earlier this year and expressed their common interest in partnering to deliver a better and more prosperous future for the Congolese people,” said part of the statement.

Adding; “Secretary Pompeo expressed support for President Tshisekedi’s change agenda focused on fighting corruption, strengthening governance, advancing human rights and accountability for human rights abuses and violations, promoting stability and security, and attracting American investment in the DRC.”

In late February 2019 the Department of State on Friday, announced public designation and visa restrictions on the DRC most senior officials including President of National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) Corneille Nangaa and his Deputy who oversaw the election in December last year.

Others on the sanction list included: Mr. Aubin Minaku Ndjalandjoko, President of the D.R.C.’s National Assembly; and Mr. Benoit Lwamba Bindu, President of the D.R.C.’s Constitutional Court. They were all accused of corruption and aiding electoral malpractice.

The latest statement, in a sharp contrast with Washington’s position a month ago, bestowed confidence on government of Tshisekedi.

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“President Tshisekedi committed to good governance and respect for human rights, building transparent institutions, and combatting corruption in the DRC. They also discussed the importance of sustainable and responsible development of natural resources, combatting the current Ebola outbreak, and responding to humanitarian crises,” added the statement.

Tshisekedi also has already bagged the support of the regional leaders like President Yoweri Museveni.

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