US ambassador heading to Africa as a part of Biden’s massive push
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is the second Cupboard member heading to Africa as a part of President Joe Biden’s massive push to have interaction with the world’s second-largest continent.
The U.S. Mission to the U.N. stated Sunday she’s going to journey to Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya beginning Jan. 25 “to affirm and strengthen our partnerships with key present and former U.N. Safety Council members.”
Thomas-Greenfield’s go to follows final week’s begin of a 10-day African go to by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. She arrived in Dakar, Senegal late Wednesday and also will go to Zambia and South Africa.
Biden introduced on the finish of a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December that he’ll go to sub-Saharan Africa in 2023, the primary journey to the area by a U.S. chief in a decade.
The summit and journey are aimed toward strengthening U.S. relations with Africa, the place China has surpassed the U.S. in commerce and is aiming to extend its army presence, and Russia has army ties with the authorities in Mali and Central African Republic.
Biden careworn on the summit that he’s severe about rising U.S. consideration to the continent and instructed the 49 African leaders attending the assembly in Washington that “Africa belongs on the desk” in each dialog of world penalties.
The primary cease for Thomas-Greenfield, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, is Ghana, which is within the second yr of a two-year time period as an elected member of the Safety Council. On Jan. 25 she’s going to meet with girls leaders and civil society representatives, the U.S. mission stated.
Thomas-Greenfield then heads to Mozambique, which is simply beginning its first-ever two-year time period on the council.
Throughout her go to on Jan. 26-27, the U.S. mission stated she’s going to meet with U.N. officers, entrepreneurs, alumni of U.S. trade packages, worldwide relations college students and civil society members engaged in work to adapt to local weather change, the mission stated.
The ambassador’s closing cease on Jan. 28-29 is Kenya, whose two-year time period on the council ended on Dec. 31.
The U.S. mission referred to as Kenya “a key accomplice” and stated Thomas-Greenfield’s go to will give attention to humanitarian packages, together with the regional response to drought and help to refugees, and on “the affect Russia’s warfare in opposition to Ukraine continues to have on international meals safety, which has exacerbated the humanitarian disaster within the area.”
The ambassador may also meet refugees pending resettlement in america and Kenya-based entrepreneurs “on the forefront of the nation’s transition to a inexperienced economic system,” the mission stated.
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