U.S. Secretary of State, Blinken To Visit Nigeria

They are expected to discuss furthering cooperation on global health, security, expanding energy access and economic growth, and revitalising democracy

On the second leg of his first official visit to Africa, the United States of America Secretary of State, Antony Blinken is expected to visit Nigeria.

He will first visit Kenya, before coming to Nigeria and end the visit in Senegal, in a trip that will run from November 15 to 20, underscoring the depth and breadth of the U.S. relationships with her African partners.

The US Embassy, Abuja, in a statement released titled, “Secretary Blinken’s travel to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal,” stated that

“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.

“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.

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

“The Secretary will engage in events that highlight America’s strong commercial relationship with Senegal, amplify the role of female Senegalese entrepreneurs, and showcase the US partnership to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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