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May 19, 2024 3:07 pm

Blinken to Ethiopia & Niger; VP Harris to Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia

In a series of top-level administration forays into Africa, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has visited Ethiopia and Niger to hold discussions with government officials and leaders of the Tigrayan forces. The talks were aimed at resolving the two-year-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives in the Tigray region.

Blinken’s visit to Addis Ababa was followed by a stopover in Niger, where he met with President Mohamed Bazoum to discuss security issues in the Sahel region. This trip is part of a larger initiative by the Biden administration to re-engage with African nations and strengthen ties in areas such as trade, security, and development.

The White House has confirmed that Vice President Kamala Harris will be the next top-level official to visit Africa. Harris is expected to travel to Tanzania, Zambia, and Ghana, where she will focus on issues related to women and technology. The visit is scheduled for a later date.

During his visit to Addis Ababa, Blinken also met with the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. The two officials discussed shared global and regional priorities, including food security, climate change, and a just energy transition. The meeting followed up on commitments made during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington D.C. in December.

The Biden administration’s renewed focus on Africa is seen as a positive step by many in the region who felt marginalized during the previous administration. The U.S. has a long history of engagement with African nations, and the renewed commitment is seen as an opportunity to strengthen ties and promote development in the region.

As the Biden administration continues to engage with African nations, many are hopeful that this renewed focus will lead to increased cooperation and investment in the region, benefiting both the U.S. and Africa.

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