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Secretary Blinken embarks on diplomatic tour of Nigeria, Cabo Verde, others to strengthen U.S.-Africa ties

Antony J. Blinken's visit to Cabo Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, and Angola underscores the United States' commitment to enhancing partnerships in climate, food, health security, and economic development across the African continent.

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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is set to embark on a diplomatic tour to Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Angola from January 21 to 26, 2024. The visit aims to spotlight the accelerated U.S.-Africa partnership since the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, focusing on crucial areas such as climate resilience, food security, and public health.

During the tour, Secretary Blinken will underscore the future-focused economic collaboration between the United States and Africa. The emphasis will be on U.S. investments in African infrastructure, designed to boost two-way trade, foster job creation both domestically and continentally, and enhance Africa’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

In addition to economic ties, the Secretary will advance security partnerships grounded in shared values, including respect for human rights, the promotion of democracy, and the expansion of the rule of law. A key aspect of this effort will be the reaffirmation of the U.S. commitment to coastal West African partners through the Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability.

Secretary Blinken’s visit will also highlight the U.S. partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address regional challenges. Moreover, the Secretary will address U.S. efforts in supporting African leadership to de-escalate tensions and foster diplomatic solutions to the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

As the tour unfolds, the United States reaffirms its sustained commitment to high-level engagement with Africa, recognizing the importance of collaborative efforts to address pressing global challenges.

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