Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein Visits the Central African Republic

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 26, 2016


Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein will travel to Bangui, Central African Republic, September 27-October 3, to discuss efforts to promote religious equality, tolerance, and a peaceful resolution to conflict with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society representatives.

While in Bangui, Ambassador Saperstein will participate in a follow-up meeting to the Intra-Muslim Dialogue and Capacity-Building Conference he attended in Vienna in February 2016. He will participate in an initiative hosted by the United States Institute of Peace featuring the outcomes of dialogues to strengthen communication among citizens and government leaders on community security. In meetings with government officials he will reiterate the importance of protecting religious freedom, inclusivity of all religions in democratic space, human rights and continuing to promote reconciliation.

This is the first-ever trip by an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom to the Central African Republic.

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