Photos from the Trip»

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.



-05/05/14 Press Availability in Luanda, Angola
-05/05/14 Remarks With Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti After Their Meeting
-05/04/14 Remarks While Touring a GE Facility in Luanda
-05/04/14 Meeting With Embassy Luanda Staff and Families

Democratic Republic of the Congo


-05/04/14 Remarks After Touring the Fistula Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital
-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
-05/04/14 Press Availability on the D.R.C. and the Great Lakes Region
-05/03/14 Meeting With Embassy Kinshasa Staff and Families
-05/03/14 Remarks at Pharmacy Supported by Micro-Finance
-05/03/14 Remarks With Democratic Republic of the Congo Foreign Minister Tshibanda Before Their Meeting
-05/03/14 Background Briefing Following the Secretary's Visit to Ethiopia

South Sudan


-05/02/14 Meeting With Staff of Embassy Juba
-05/02/14 Press Availability in South Sudan



-05/03/14 Commitment to Africa
-05/01/14 Remarks at Embassy Addis Ababa and the U.S. Mission to the African Union
-05/01/14 Remarks at the U.S.-African Union High-Level Dialogue
-05/01/14 Press Availability in Addis Ababa
-05/01/14 Remarks During Visit to Gandhi Memorial Hospital
-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
-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

Press Releases


-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