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Antony Blinken: ‘The decline of democracy in Africa is of great concern to us’

By Stéphane Ballong
Posted on Monday, 22 November 2021 14:48, updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 09:32

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, November 18, 2021 © Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Blinken is on a five-day trip to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool

Transition in Mali and Guinea, security in the Sahel, crisis around Western Sahara, investment in infrastructure ... The head of US diplomacy Anthony Blinken answered our questions from Dakar, the last stop of his first Africa tour.

The era when Washington saw Africa as a set of “shithole countries” is apparently over.

That’s what Antony Blinken is suggesting. The Biden administration’s Secretary of State has just completed a five-day tour of the continent. Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal… three stops in countries considered “democratic partners” to lay the foundations for a new relationship between the United States and the continent.