The head of the Department of State tours three African countries.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken delivers a speech in Nigeria on Thursday on the Biden administration’s policy towards Africa.
Recall that the head of the Foreign Ministry is making a tour of three countries of the continent.
According to the Department of State, upon arrival in the Nigerian capital, Blinken will hold talks with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama as well as with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Among the issues on the agenda is the further development of cooperation in the fields of global security and health, economic growth, as well as the revival of democracy. The latter topic became a key topic for Blinken’s visit to Kenya on Wednesday, where he said, speaking to human rights activists in Nairobi, that the world is going through a “recession” of democracy.
The head of the Department of State warned that “even dynamic democracies like Kenya” are becoming increasingly vulnerable to disinformation, corruption, political violence, and voter intimidation.
“The United States is hardly immune from this challenge,” Blinken said, apparently referring to the attack by supporters of Donald Trump on the Capitol that took place on January 6.
“We have seen how fragile our own democracy can be,” the Secretary of State noted.
Before leaving Nairobi, Blinken announced that the United States had removed Nigeria from the list of countries violating religious freedom.
Blinken’s African tour will end with a visit to Senegal.