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Antony Blinken to make first digital go to to Africa


The US secretary of state will meet with leaders of Nigeria and Kenya.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is ready to make his first go to to Africa, nearly, the place he’ll meet with the presidents of Nigeria and Kenya.

Tuesday’s tour will embody a gathering with African youth from throughout the continent.

Blinken will then meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Overseas Minister Geoffrey Onyeama “to reiterate the worth of our bilateral relationship and focus on problems with shared significance”, the state division stated in a press release.

The go to comes because the safety state of affairs within the nation, a key oil exporter, continues to spiral amid assaults by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) within the north, widespread displacement and will increase in kidnappings for ransom.

Throughout Blinken’s digital journey to Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cupboard Secretary Raychelle Omamo will rejoice the “57-year bilateral relationship” and “focus on future cooperation to advertise democracy and develop commerce, and discover avenues to handle world challenges, together with local weather change and the COVID-19 pandemic”, the state division stated.

Kenya has additionally grappled with insecurity and displacement in neighbouring nations together with Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Particular envoy to the Horn of Africa

The go to comes after the Biden administration, on Friday, appointed veteran diplomat Jeffrey Feltman as particular envoy for the Horn of Africa as Washington seems to step up diplomatic efforts in a area hit by the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray and different crises.

Feltman additionally will lead worldwide efforts to handle tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan and across the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Blinken stated in a press release.

Fighting in Tigray, between rebels and authorities forces from Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea, has killed hundreds of individuals and compelled a whole bunch of hundreds extra from their properties within the area of about 5 million.