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Congressional leaders urge President Obama to appoint Special Envoy

A bi-partisan group of 22 Congressional leaders from the US Senate and House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to ‘swiftly appoint a new high-level Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and DRC.’

The letter expressed concern that Special Envoy Russ Feingold’s departure in February, without a replacement, ‘signals a waning of U.S. leadership’ in the region. 

Citing the impact of Special Envoy Russ Feingold during his 18-month tenure, the letter highlights the importance of a ‘dynamic, well-resourced Special Envoy, reporting directly to the Secretary of State’ to addressing the ongoing challenges in Congo and promoting wider stability in the region.

You can read the letter in full here.

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