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US gay rights envoy sneaks into and outof Malawi

The US Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, Randy Berry, yesterday swiftly came and left Malawi after brief meetings with government officials, civil society leaders and the clergy, The Daily Times has learnt.

By the time The Daily Times made a request for an interview through the US Embassy Tuesday morning, Berry was already on his way to the airport.

The Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Edward Monster, acknowledged the meetings but did not give details as to who met the envoy.

“… The objective of these meetings was to convey the US government’s continuing commitment to promoting the human rights of all people, the LGBTI community included, in Malawi and globally, and to discuss the current political and social landscape in regards to LGBTI issues,” Monster said in an email response.

When asked about the details of the meeting, Director of Information Bright Mollande said he was not in a position to comment because he had not been instructed to do so yet.

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