☷Deputy Secretary Sherman s Travel to South Africa Angola Gabon and France United States Department of State
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Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to South Africa , Angola , Gabon , and France from May 2 to 7 . Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee and National Security Council Senior Director for Africa Dana Banks will join the Deputy Secretary’s delegation . In South Africa , Deputy Secretary Sherman will travel to Cape Town , Johannesburg , and Pretoria from May 2 to 4 and meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Alvin Botes and other senior government officials to discuss furthering U . S . - South African cooperation on a range of issues , including global and regional peace and security , trade and investment , sustainable infrastructure , health security , and the climate crisis . She will meet with business leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss strengthening the important trade and investment relationship between the U . S . and South Africa . The Deputy Secretary will also present the International Women of Courage Award during a discussion with women leaders promoting human rights for marginalized communities . Deputy Secretary Sherman will then travel to Luanda , Angola from May 4 to 5 to meet with President João Lourenço , Foreign Minister Tete Antonio , and other senior Angolan officials to discuss our shared interests , including regional security and defense cooperation , economic prosperity , good governance , support for Angola’s COVID - 19 vaccination effort , and cooperation on shared maritime law enforcement as well as economic , and climate - related challenges in the Atlantic Basin . She will also hold discussions with business leaders , and Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni who are working to promote women’s entrepreneurship and youth engagement . From May 5 to 6 , the Deputy Secretary will travel to Libreville , Gabon , where she will meet with President Ali Bongo Ondimba , Foreign Minister Michael Moussa - Adamo , and Minister of Defense Félicité Ongouori Ngoubili to engage on our shared priorities including promoting environmental protection , addressing the climate crisis , and furthering security cooperation . The Deputy Secretary will also visit Raponda Walker Arboretum to learn about Gabon’s work in forest conservation leadership to combat the climate crisis . Finally , on May 7 , the Deputy Secretary will meet in Paris , France , with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre , German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis , Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi , and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly to discuss our ongoing , close coordination to respond to Putin’s brutal , unprovoked war against Ukraine .
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