Biden announces US-Africa summit in December

Biden announces US-Africa summit in December

by Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a summit between the United States and dozens of African countries will be held in December in Washington to discuss challenges ranging from food security to climate change.

“This summit will demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities,” Biden said in a statement. a statement.

This summit will take place from December 13 to 15.

According to a US administration official speaking on condition of anonymity, around 50 African leaders are expected to attend.

Joe Biden, who entered the White House in January 2021, has not yet visited Africa as President of the United States while he has traveled to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

His diplomatic efforts so far have largely focused on promoting unity among Western democracies against China, but the official who requested anonymity said the December summit was not just about Beijing.

“We are not asking our African partners to choose,” the official told Reuters. “We think the United States offers a better model, but we’re not asking our African partners to choose.”

The summit will aim to establish a new economic commitment, promote democracy and human rights, advance peace and security and address challenges such as food security and climate change as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Biden said.

(Report Steve Holland; French version Alizée Degorce)

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