U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is leading a delegation of U.S. officials, including Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to Bangui, Central African Republic; Abuja, Nigeria; and N’djamena, Chad; December 17-20.
In the Central African Republic, Ambassador Power is meeting with senior transitional government officials, as well as UN, French and other officials, to assess and support recent efforts of African Union and French forces to protect civilians, stabilize the country and restore humanitarian access.
During stops in Nigeria and Chad, the Ambassador is meeting senior government officials and civil society leaders to discuss cooperation on a range of issues from promoting human rights and good governance to coordinating on regional security. Both Nigeria and Chad join the UN Security Council as non-permanent members in 2014.
This is the Ambassador’s first solo international trip since becoming the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In October, the Ambassador traveled with the UN Security Council to the Great Lakes region and Ethiopia.
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