Biden dispatches top diplomat Victoria Nuland to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Niger to meet with 3 presidents, strengthen ties

The Biden administration is dispatching a top diplomat to four African countries where she will meet with three presidents to strengthen bilateral ties.

The administration said in a statement on Sunday that the U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Niger from July 31 to August 6.

She will meet with the presidents of Botswana, Tanzania and Niger and top South African officials.

“In South Africa, the Under Secretary will meet with senior South African officials and co-chair the Working Group on African and Global Issues to advance shared priorities. She will welcome the United States’ donation of 5.66 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to South Africa, and meet with civil society and business leaders,” read a State Department statement detailing her trip.

In Botswana, the Under Secretary will meet with President Mokgweetsi Masisi to advance the partnership between nations on democracy, the climate crisis, economic prosperity, and security in southern Africa, while in Tanzania, the Under Secretary will meet with President Samia Suluhu Hassan and hold a roundtable with opposition leaders.

Her discussions will focus on strengthening democracy, combatting COVID-19, and enhancing security and prosperity, the State Department added.

It said in Niger, the Under Secretary will meet with President Mohamed Bazoum to discuss ways to improve security in the Sahel, strengthen governance, and advance inclusive economic growth.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power is currently in Sudan to strengthen ties with the transitional government there. She will be heading to Ethiopia to find solution to the devastating war in Tigray where hundreds of thousands of people are at an increased risk of famine. 

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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