Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Travel to South Africa, Angola, and Gabon

For Immediate Release



April 29, 2022

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Travel to South Africa, Angola, and Gabon

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to South Africa, Angola, and Gabon from May 2 to 6.

In South Africa, Deputy Secretary Sherman will travel to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria 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.  The Deputy Secretary will 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 Foreign Minister Tete Antonio, and other senior Angolan officials to discuss our shared interests, including regional security and defense cooperation, economic prosperity, good governance, supporting Angola’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, and cooperation among Atlantic nations 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.

Finally, on May 6, the Deputy Secretary will travel to Libreville, Gabon, where she will meet with President Ali Bonga 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.

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