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Africa: Blinken Heading to Africa Subsequent Week On 4-Nation Tour

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State Division — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will journey to Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Angola subsequent week, the State Division introduced, his fourth journey to the African continent.

The journey comes after 17 Cupboard-level official visits final yr as a follow-up to the 2022 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

President Joe Biden has additionally expressed his need to go to Africa this yr, however no particular plans have been introduced.

State Division spokesperson Matthew Miller mentioned Blinken’s six-day journey will spotlight how the USA has accelerated the U.S.-Africa partnership for the reason that summit, together with in areas comparable to local weather, meals and well being safety.

“He may even emphasize our future-focused financial partnership and the way the USA is investing in infrastructure in Africa to spice up two-way commerce, create jobs at residence and on the continent, and assist Africa compete within the international market,” Miller mentioned.

Requested if countering China’s affect on the continent could be a serious theme, Molly Phee, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, mentioned that is extra of a preoccupation of the media.

“If China did not exist, we might be totally engaged in Africa,” she mentioned. “Africa is necessary for its personal sake, and it is necessary for American pursuits.”

Phee talked about main U.S. infrastructure tasks partnering with Angola and Cape Verde. She mentioned numerous the information popping out of Africa is detrimental, and Blinken’s journey would spotlight the optimistic.

“I feel it might spotlight the nice capability of African folks, significantly the youth. It may well present actually forward-looking kinds of engagements, for instance, our partnership with Angola in outer area,” she mentioned.