July 14, 2024

U.S. Officials Engage in African Affairs, Express Concerns, and Strengthen Partnerships

Julieta Valls Noyes and Samantha Power
Julieta Valls Noyes and Samantha Power

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Julieta Valls Noyes, and USAID Administrator Samantha Power are actively involved in African affairs this week. Assistant Secretary Noyes is currently on an official visit to Kenya, while Administrator Power recently met with International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General-Elect Amy Pope in Washington, D.C. Both officials aim to foster partnerships, address pressing concerns, and support the region’s development.

Assistant Secretary Noyes’ visit to Kenya focuses on highlighting the U.S.’ commitment to the U.S.-Kenya partnership in finding inclusive ways to protect and assist refugees. She was scheduled to meet with government officials to discuss innovative partnerships in the refugee response and address the interconnected challenges of climate change and migration. Additionally, Noyes will visit the U.S. Resettlement Support Center and engage with refugees in urban and rural areas to better understand the impact of ongoing efforts.

Meanwhile, Administrator Power’s meeting with IOM Director General-Elect Pope signifies the dedication of the United States to provide critical assistance to migrants and displaced populations worldwide. Administrator Power congratulated DG-Elect Pope on her historic election as the first woman to lead the IOM. During their discussion, they emphasized shared priorities such as delivering life-saving humanitarian aid, addressing the effects of climate change on vulnerable communities, and seeking durable solutions to protracted crises through a Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus approach.

In a separate statement, the United States expressed concern over irregularities in the election results recently announced by the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL). The U.S. government calls for an independent investigation into the electoral process, involving external parties, to ensure transparency and implement observer recommendations. Reports of intimidation against observers and ECSL personnel further urged all parties to engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve disputes and strengthen democratic institutions.

The United States continues to say it remains committed to fostering partnerships, promoting democracy, and addressing humanitarian challenges across the African continent. The engagements of Assistant Secretary Noyes and Administrator Power demonstrate the nation’s dedication to supporting the rights and aspirations of people in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and beyond.

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