July 13, 2024

U.S. Diplomatic Delegation Led by Assistant Secretary Phee to Attend AU Summit in Ethiopia

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Molly Phee delivers remarks alongside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Foreign Ministers Dinner at the Department of State on December 14, 2022. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett
Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Molly Phee delivers remarks alongside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Foreign Ministers Dinner at the Department of State on December 14, 2022. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett

In another move to strengthen ties and advance shared priorities, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee is set to lead a high-level U.S. delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from February 12 to 17, 2024. The delegation’s visit underscores the United States’ commitment to engaging with the African continent and its institutions.

Joining Assistant Secretary Phee are notable figures including Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Ambassador Mike Hammer, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy Dr. John Nkengasong, and U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa Monde Muyangwa, among other senior officials. Their visit is strategically timed to coincide with the African Union (AU) Summit, a pivotal event that draws heads of state, ministers, and officials from across the continent.

The delegation’s agenda is comprehensive, focusing on engagements at the AU Summit with AU officials and discussions with various heads of state and ministers in attendance. These meetings are pivotal for the United States to reaffirm its support for the AU and to collaborate on global and regional issues.

Beyond the summit, Assistant Secretary Phee and her team will hold discussions with Ethiopian government officials. These talks aim to address a range of bilateral and regional issues, further solidifying the relationship between the United States and Ethiopia.

The United States has expressed its appreciation for the AU’s leadership on the global stage and its role in addressing critical issues facing the continent and the world.

The U.S. delegation’s visit is a testament to the strong partnership between the United States, the AU, and its member states. The collaboration is centered around key global priorities such as fostering openness and open societies, delivering on democratic and security outcomes, promoting economic opportunities, and enhancing pandemic preparedness and response. Additionally, the partnership emphasizes the importance of conservation, climate adaptation, and supporting a just energy transition.

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