Shoulder to Wheel as U.S. Secretary Blinken Visits Africa

This is U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's first trip to sub-Saharan Africa since he took over from Mike Pompeo. Blinken is visiting Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.

Blinken's November 15-20, 2021 trip comes as the U.S. aims to boost an African Union-led initiative to end the fighting between the Ethiopian government and ethnic Tigrayans.

The State Department said that on November 17, 2021 in Kenya, Blinken would discuss with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other officials "shared interests as members of the U.N. Security Council, including addressing regional security issues, such as EthiopiaSomalia, and Sudan".

In Abuja, Blinken and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will discuss collaborating on international health security, expanding energy access and security and other issues.

Blinken's last visit will be with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Dakar "to reaffirm the close partnership between our two countries," the agency said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.

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