…As US set to advance security partnerships

From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is billed to visit Nigeria, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, and Angola.

During the visit, Blinken will among others, advance security partnership between the United States and the countries.

The Spokesperson, United States Department of State, Matthew Miller, in a statement issued in Washington D.C, said Blinken will travel to Nigeria, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, and Angola from January 21-26, 2024.

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“Throughout the trip, the Secretary will highlight how the United States has accelerated the U.S.-Africa partnership since the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, including in areas such as climate, food, and health security. He will also emphasize our future-focused economic partnership, and how the United States is investing in infrastructure in Africa to boost two-way trade, create jobs at home and on the continent, and help Africa compete in the global marketplace.

“Additionally, the Secretary will advance security partnerships based on shared values such as respect for human rights, promotion of democracy, and expansion of the rule of law. He will reaffirm U.S. commitment to our coastal West African partners through the Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability, U.S. partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address regional challenges, and U.S. efforts to support African leadership in de-escalating tensions and adopting diplomatic solutions to the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Miller said.

Miller also said the United States reaffirmed its sustained commitment to high-level U.S. engagement with Africa.