Blingen to meet with Nigerian and Kenyan presidents

(Washington) US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen will hold virtual talks with Nigerian and Kenyan leaders on Tuesday, a way for the Biden administration to show interest in Africa.

France Media Agency

Due to the security measures taken by the epidemic, the US Secretary of State will meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta via video conference.

Anthony Blingen will undertake a virtual tour of several sites, including a field hospital in Kenya and US-backed renewable energy companies.

Robert Codec, the head of US diplomacy for Africa, says the initiative is part of the US policy of reuniting with “their African allies”.

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Mr Blingen is expected to visit Africa in person when health conditions permit.

Codec says Kenya and Nigeria have been identified as US “strategic partners”.

“We work with them on security, economic and trade development, investment and other regional issues,” he explains.

Kenya significantly announced its intention to close two refugee camps permanently in March, with more than 400,000 people living in Kakuma and Tadap, mostly from South Sudan or Somalia.

The United States has said it is concerned about the move and encourages Kenya to cooperate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Joe Biden pledged a strong alliance with Africa, especially in the face of the fight against the epidemic, during his virtual speech to African heads of state before 34e African Union Summit last February.

This is a significant shift from the policy of his predecessor Donald Trump to be the only US president not to visit Africa during his tenure.

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