July 22, 2024
US ‘All In’ For Africa, Blinken Says As He Opens Coastal Tour
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US ‘All In’ For Africa, Blinken Says As He Opens Coastal Tour

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States is committed to deeper relations with Africa, despite global crises as he opened a trip on the continent.

Secretary Blinken is touring four democracies on the Atlantic Coast; Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Angola, as security deteriorates in the Sahel and doubts grow about a key US base in the recent coup-hit nation of Niger.

President Joe Biden, who welcomed African leaders in 2022 in a show of newfound US attention to the continent, did not live up to a promise to visit last year. 

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Secretary Blinken’s trip is his first to sub-Saharan Africa in 10 months as he has been consumed since October with the Israel-Hamas war.

He quoted President Biden when he said ‘we are all in when it comes to Africa.’

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