SADC Regional Development Objective Agreement (RDOAG) Signing Ceremony – U.S. Ambassador Howard Van Vranken

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good morning. Thank you, Executive Secretary Magosi. I’m thrilled to be here at the SADC Secretariat today. As the U.S. representative to the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community, it is such a pleasure to join you all here as we formally renew our partnership to achieve sustained and …

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Digital Press Briefing on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit – Six Months of Progress

MODERATOR:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I welcome our participants dialing in from across the continent and thank all of you for joining this discussion.  Today, we are very pleased to be joined by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs Assistant Secretary of …

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Ambassador Van Vranken Remarks for Juneteenth

In 2021, Juneteenth became the United States’ newest federal holiday; however, its origins span over a century.  The day memorializes when an already free people learned that they had been liberated two years earlier. The civil war in the United States began in 1861 when 11 American states seceded from the Union to form a …

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