Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Department of State Washington, DC January 2, 2017
United States welcomes the December 31 signing of an inclusive
political compromise agreement by the Government of the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) and opposition party leaders. By paving the way
for peaceful, democratic elections in 2017, this agreement marks an
important and historic step for the DRC and the region of Central
Africa. We commend the willingness of President Kabila and opposition
leaders to compromise on key issues, thereby laying the groundwork for
the country’s first democratic transfer of power.
We also commend the tireless mediating role played by the DRC’s Conference of Catholic Bishops leading to this agreement.
encourage the DRC government and opposition leaders to continue their
cooperation as they work to implement this agreement and preserve the
progress achieved on behalf of the Congolese people.