The three-nation trip between 15 November and 20 November will take America’s top diplomat to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal on a mission that the State Department says is meant to highlight the “depth and breadth of our relationships with African partners.”
Efforts by President Joe Biden’s administration to revitalise democracy on the continent will be a central focus of the trip, amid a flurry of coups in Sudan, Mali and Guinea this year and inroads that Russia and China are making into Africa. The three countries Blinken will be visiting are among the 17 African nations invited to next month’s Summit for Democracy, according to a leaked list of invitees.
East Africa stop
While the Horn of Africa isn’t on the itinerary, the crises there will be top of mind when Blinken meets with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo of Kenya, which is one of three
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