U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Malawi

LILONGWE, February 19, 2016:  A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Senator James Inhofe visited Malawi on February 19.  The delegation met with President Arthur Peter Mutharika to discuss U.S.-Malawi relations, particularly related to security cooperation. The delegation also met with Malawian members of parliament. The delegation reaffirmed the strong partnership between the U.S. and Malawi and thanked President Mutharika and Malawian parliamentary leaders for the Malawi Defense Force’s noteworthy contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions on the African continent. The delegation is also visiting Tanzania, Rwanda, and South Africa.

The members of the U.S. Congressional Delegation included:

Senator James Inhofe, Ranking Member http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/

Senator Mike Enzi  http://www.enzi.senate.gov

Senator Mike Rounds  http://www.rounds.senate.gov

Representative Randy Hultgren  https://www.congress.gov/member/randy-hultgren/

Representative Tim Walberg  http://walberg.house.gov/

The U.S. and Malawi enjoy a strong, productive relationship. U.S. assistance to Malawi has nearly tripled in the past seven years: growing from $110 million in 2008 to over $300 million in 2015.  Of this, $192 million (63%) was dedicated to the health sector; $59 million (19%) to economic growth and agriculture; $14 million (5%) to the education sector, and $28 million (9%) for humanitarian assistance. Smaller portions support work in governance and the security sector. For more details on U.S. assistance to Malawi please visit: http://mw.usembassy.gov/2015-in-review/

Contacts:        Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section

Old Mutual Building

P.O. Box 30016

Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Tel:  (265) 1 772-222/414/992

Fax: (265) 1 771-142