US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken To Visit Nigeria – Spokeswoman
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken will travel to Nigeria to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama to examine the country’s democracy.
Ned Price, the United States’ spokeswoman, announced the visit in a press statement.
“Secretary Blinken will then travel to Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama to discuss furthering cooperation on global health security, expanding energy access and economic growth, and revitalizing democracy,” according to the statement.
In addition to this meeting, Mr. Blinken will meet with Nigerian entrepreneurs in the digital sector and deliver a speech on US-Africa strategy in Abuja, according to the announcement.
Mr. Blinken’s visit to the capital is part of a six-day tour in which he meets with the leaders of Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal to boost the respective countries’ ties with the United States of America.
Mr. Blinken’s visit aims to strengthen US-Africa engagement on shared global issues such as eradicating the COVID-19 epidemic and re-establishing a more equitable global economy, combating the climate catastrophe, and advocating for peace and security.
Mr. Blinken’s trip will begin in Nairobi, where he will meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Raychelle Omamo to discuss issues such as the United States’ support for a peaceful and inclusive Kenyan election in 2022, as well as regional security concerns.
Mr. Blinken will then conclude his journey in Dakar, where he will meet with President Macky Sall and Foreign Minister Assata Tall Sall to reaffirm the two countries’ close alliance. According to the statement, Mr. Blinken is looking forward to discussing regional challenges and shared ideals.