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Joe Biden Gathers African Leaders in Washington D.C to Renew Ties

For a three-day summit beginning on Tuesday, several African heads of state have travelled to the US. According to Washington, the meeting “will highlight the importance of US-Africa relations and enhanced cooperation on shared global issues.”

At the US-Africa Leaders Summit, 49 prominent African officials, including Moussa Faki Mahamat, the president of the African Union Commission, will be hosted by Vice President Joe Biden.

Burkina Faso, Mali, and Guinea are among the nations that the African Union has suspended.

Several African leaders tweeted about their departure for the US over the weekend, including Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni said he would reach out to “partners to cooperate … in the process of accelerating the ongoing value addition of products and also expanding and diversifying the economy,” while Hichilema pledged to “showcase Zambia.”

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The meeting takes place as Washington expresses rising alarm over China’s and Russia’s expanding influence in Africa. Both countries have tried in recent years to develop deeper connections on the continent, which is home to over 1.3 billion people.

White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed the claim when pressed on it during a briefing last Friday, stating that the “emphasis… is going to be on Africa.”

“This summit is an opportunity to deepen the many partnerships we have on the African continent. We will focus on our efforts to strengthen these partnerships across a wide range of sectors, spanning from businesses to health to peace and security,” she said.

According to a second statement from the US State Department, the summit will focus on a number of important issues, including new economic engagement, peace, security, good governance, food security, and climate disaster.

The US is committed to its African partners, according to Vice President Kamala Harris, “based on principles of mutual respect and shared interests and values.”

According to her, efforts to strengthen commercial ties between the US and Africa will be aided by the high-profile event.

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