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US – Amid new sanctions on Eritrea, Blinken to make first visit to Africa

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Friday, 12 November 2021 18:28, updated on Monday, 15 November 2021 12:35

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, DC on November 12 , 2021. Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make his first official visit to Africa next week as the Joe Biden administration looks to defuse the conflict in Ethiopia and reverse the military coup in Sudan.

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.”