U.S. Outraged by ‘Harassment’ of Envoy Periello at Congo Airport

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo expressed outrage at the “harassment” of U.S. Special Envoy Tom Periello by a government official.

Periello was verbally attacked by a member of President Joseph Kabila’s ruling party at Ndjili International Airport in the capital, Kinshasa, on Sunday, news website 7sur7 reported Monday. The official sought a physical confrontation with Periello, it said.

The attack on Periello came two days after the U.S. State Department said it’s prepared to impose additional sanctions on Congolese individuals who perpetrate violence or repression amid protests over Kabila’s plan to extend his stay in office.

Periello said on his Twitter account that the Congolese government should focus on “solving crisis, not staging photo ops.”

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