Biden to hold summit with African leaders in 2022

By Gideon Adonai

President of the United States, Joe Biden will hold a meeting with leaders from Africa in 2022.

The focale point of the meeting would be on building global partnerships and alliances, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

The second US-Africa leaders summit will “serve as an opportunity to collaborate with African counterparts on key areas the United States and Africa define as critical for the future of the continent and our global community.”

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday said: “President Biden intends to host the US-Africa Leaders Summit to drive the kind of high-level diplomacy and engagement that can transform relationships and make effective cooperation possible.”

Blinken released this statement at the Aso Rock Villa, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Blinken, who is on his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as Secretary of State, did not give a date for the summit.

The move comes as China steps up engagement with Africa including through a major meeting this month in Senegal, where Blinken heads later Friday.

US allies France, Britain and Japan have also been holding regular summits with African leaders.

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