Office of the Spokesperson
July 8, 2016
U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will travel to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Arusha, Tanzania; Paris, France; Cairo, Egypt; and Luanda, Angola July 9 to 23.
The Envoy will attend the East African Community-led dialogue amongst Burundian stakeholders in Arusha, as part of the continued U.S. support for the process and former Tanzanian President Mkapa’s facilitation. He will emphasize that the dialogue remains the best option to peacefully resolve the crisis in Burundi and achieve a consensus path forward for the country.
During the trip, Special Envoy Perriello will also meet with regional leaders and donor partners to discuss growing concerns about the political impasse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and efforts to advance an inclusive dialogue amongst Congolese stakeholders aimed at holding timely elections.
Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Department of State.