A high-level American delegation attended the inauguration of President Alassane Ouattara following his re-election. The delegation was led by Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, and included Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire Terence P. McCulley.
The delegation held talks with President Ouattara and used the opportunity to congratulate the people of Côte d’Ivoire and the country’s political stakeholders for a peaceful election.
Speaking at a press availability on the bilateral relationship, Ambassador Shannon said, “Côte d’Ivoire is an important partner” for the United States. He also congratulated Côte d’Ivoire for promoting national reconciliation, a process that takes time to realize, and added, “We are ready to support the Ivoirian government to advance this process.”
During a meeting with the President of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), Youssouf Bakayoko, Ambassador Shannon congratulated the commission for their conduct of the election and pledged continued support to reinforce the capacities of the electoral body.
Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., was appointed Counselor of the Department by Secretary Kerry on December 24, 2013. He served as United States Ambassador to Brazil for nearly four years. He is a Career Ambassador in the Senior Foreign Service of the United States. Ambassador Shannon is only the seventh Foreign Service Officer to hold the position of Counselor since World War II, and the first in 32 years.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, was sworn in on August 6, 2013 as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs. In this capacity, she leads the bureau in the Department of State focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa.