Democratic Republic of Congo: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the steps being taken to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in that country.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK regularly raises with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the need to tackle the root causes of conflict and insecurity that are driving the humanitarian crisis in the country. The holding of elections in December 2018 and a peaceful and democratic transfer of power will be critical to longer-term peace and stability in the DRC.

I visited the DRC in April, where I saw first-hand the impact of the conflict and insecurity upon the Congolese population. I announced a further contribution of £22 million to the humanitarian appeal for the DRC, bringing UK aid's support to £227 million over 5 years (2017-2022).

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