SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, excellent afternoon, everybody. And let me say what a excitement it’s to have President Tshisekedi right here. I used to be the recipient of his glorious hospitality in the DRC some months in the past. But now we have a powerful partnership between the United States and the DRC. It’s why we met in Kinshasa, why we are assembly right here. But I’d be remiss if I did not get started by means of pronouncing and sharing our condolences for many who misplaced their lives in the horrible floods that happened simply over the closing 24 hours. And I do know the international minister used to be telling me that it is in reality very close to his personal place of origin, and we very a lot be apologetic about the loss of lifestyles. It’s additionally additional proof of the demanding situations that we are all dealing with with local weather and we – one thing that we are running on in combination.
But now we have a variety of shared priorities that we’re going to proceed to talk about, together with unfastened and truthful elections subsequent 12 months, discovering concrete answers to sustainable building for the DRC; protective the Congo Basin, which we’ve got had excellent conversations about; and of path peace in jap DRC, which we are decided to improve and assist pursue. Earlier nowadays we additionally signed I believe a vital memorandum of working out with Zambia, and I believe this can be a very tough proof of chances for the long term and the central function that DRC can play in in reality discovering for everybody a blank power long term.
So Mr. President, thanks for the time. Thank you for being right here nowadays. It’s superb to have you ever in Washington.
PRESIDENT TSHISEKEDI: (Via interpreter) Thank you, Mr. Secretary of State. I wish to thanks to your invitation and I wish to thank and congratulate the United States and President Biden for this excellent initiative which, personally, goes to convey in combination the United States and Africa. We want this in Africa. We felt that the United States had remained some distance from African issues for a very long time, and now now we have a very good instance of excellent initiative on the phase of President Biden, and we welcome this particularly since the U.S. place on the subject of safety in the DRC truly inspired us.
Our nation sadly is (inaudible) of a aggression which is hidden however it is from Rwanda, and this has been destabilizing this – a component of our nation, the jap phase of DRC, with all kinds of struggling for the populations who’ve been displaced by means of masses of hundreds, and they reside in very precarious stipulations. We wish to thank the – we depend on the power and the improve of the United States.
I notice (inaudible) local weather exchange and the battle of the complete global in opposition to local weather exchange. And the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an answer nation, however sadly we are not sufficiently supported. You’ve simply give us your condolences for the tragedy in Kinshasa closing evening. Thank you to your condolences. But that is the very instance of what now we have been regretting for a while, this improve from nations who pollute and which sadly results in damaging penalties in our nations that can’t give protection to themselves from this.
I believe we can communicate additionally of the financial partnership of American investments, which can be lagging, however I do know that the U.S. are at the leading edge of the processing of strategic merchandise, strategic minerals, and the DRC has so much of those minerals in the (inaudible). And so we’re in a position to discuss this, discuss a win-win partnership with the risk of remodeling those minerals in the DRC to create a worth chain which can result in the advent of the – hundreds and – of thousands and thousands of jobs. And this is able to be for the excellent of the other folks of the DRC and the United States, so we are at a key time in the historical past of our two nations, and I may just upload two continents as a result of it is the entire of Africa which is represented right here. And I’m hoping that we can go away Washington with very good resolutions. Thank you, Mr. Secretary, for welcoming us right here.
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
December 13, 2022
Author: State Department