July 14, 2024

Secretary Blinken and AU Commission Chairperson Discuss Strengthened Partnership at High-Level Dialogue

Then, Deputy Secretary of State Antony "Tony" Blinken poses for a photo with Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki before their meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 19, 2015. The meeting occurred on the margins of the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Then, Deputy Secretary of State Antony "Tony" Blinken poses for a photo with Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki before their meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 19, 2015. The meeting occurred on the margins of the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Wednesday held discussions with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in Washington, D.C., to inaugurate the Ninth Annual U.S.-AU Commission High-Level Dialogue. The meeting reaffirmed the robust partnership between the United States and the African Union (AU) and covered a range of critical issues that impact the African continent and the world.

Strengthening African Representation and G20 Membership

During the meeting, Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ commitment to bolstering African representation in international organizations. He commended the African Union for its recent achievement of securing permanent membership in the G20, recognizing the AU’s growing influence on the global stage.

Shared Commitment to Democratic Transitions and Global Priorities

Secretary Blinken and Chairperson Faki expressed a shared commitment to supporting sustainable democratic transitions across Africa. They discussed strategies to enhance regional stability, address food security, combat climate change, bolster pandemic preparedness, and promote good governance, both within the African region and on a global scale.

African Union’s Agenda 2063

The leaders emphasized their dedication to collaborating on shared priorities outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This comprehensive development agenda aims to transform Africa and achieve its long-term goals, including economic growth, social inclusion, and sustainable development.

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