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Blinken Says Congo Needs Funding to Protect Forests, Peatlands

  • US, Congo to form working group to discuss environment, oil
  • US will provide funding to support Congo’s elections next year
The mangrove forest at the mouth of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The mangrove forest at the mouth of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Photographer: Alexis Huguet/AFP/Getty Images

The US will form a working group with the Democratic Republic of Congo to discuss ways to protect the central African nation’s massive tropical rainforests and peatlands as the government makes plans to explore for oil.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the announcement with his counterpart Christophe Lutundula in the capital, Kinshasa, after meeting with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi during the second stop of his three-nation trip to Africa.