US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal

 

  • The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to tour Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will appear in Nigeria next week as part of the second leg of his first official visit to Africa. He will visit Kenya first, then travel to Nigeria and conclude his visit to Senegal on a trip that will last from November 15 to 20, highlighting the depth and breadth of the US relationship with its African partners.

A senior Joe Biden administration official will meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs AmbassadorRaychelle Omamo, according to a statement released Friday by the US Embassy in Abuja, “Secretary Blinken’s Trip to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal.”

The statement said during the visit to Kenya, “the Secretary will advance US-Africa collaboration on shared global priorities, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic and building back to a more inclusive global economy, combating the climate crisis, revitalizing democracies, and advancing peace and security.

“The Secretary and representatives of the Kenyan government will discuss their shared interests as members of the United Nations Security Council, including addressing regional security issues such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan.

“The Secretary will advance US-Kenyan cooperation on ending COVID-19, improving clean energy access, and protecting the environment. The Secretary will underscore US support for a peaceful and inclusive Kenyan election in 2022.”

Blinken would then travel to Abuja, where he will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.

“They are expected to discuss furthering cooperation on global health, security, expanding energy access and economic growth, and revitalizing democracy,” said the US embassy.

It explained further that the Secretary would deliver a speech on US-Africa policy in the capital of Africa’s largest democracy and also engage with Nigerian entrepreneurs in the digital sector.

The statement reads, “The Secretary will conclude his trip in Dakar, where he will meet with President Macky Sall and Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall to reaffirm the close partnership between our two countries.

“Given the upcoming presidency of President Sall’s in the African Union, Secretary Blinken looks forward to discussing regional issues and shared values.

“The Secretary will participate in events that will highlight America’s strong commercial relationship with Senegal, highlight the role of Senegalese women entrepreneurs, and demonstrate US partnership in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”