The United States of American has announced its plans to improve on existing bi-lateral partnership with Nigeria, especially as it concerns the reduction of the effects of Covid-19, repositioning a dwindling economy and how to solve the problem of insecurity in the country.

To this end, the United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken will visit Nigeria and two other African countries from November 15-20th, as parts of moves to improve on partnership in areas like health, economics and security. 

The tour is designed to facilitate a U.S - Africa collaboration on shared global priorities, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic and building back to a more inclusive global economy, combatting the climate crisis, revitalizing our democracies, and advancing peace and security.

Mr Blinken will also also visit Kenya and Senegal during the trip. United State Mission says the trip will begin in Nairobi, where he will meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador, Raychelle Omamo. 

"The Secretary and representatives of the Kenyan Government will discuss our shared interests as members of the UN Security Council, including addressing regional security issues such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan.

"The Secretary will advance U.S.-Kenyan co-operation on ending COVID-19, improving clean energy access, and protecting the environment. The Secretary will underscore U.S. support for a peaceful and inclusive Kenyan election in 2022.

"Secretary Blinken will then travel to Abuja, where he will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and discuss furthering co-operation on global health security, expanding energy access and economic growth, and revitalizing democracy. 

"The Secretary will deliver a speech on U.S.-Africa policy in the capital of Africa’s largest democracy. Additionally, the Secretary will engage with Nigerian entrepreneurs in the digital sector", the statement from the United States Mission in Nigeria reads in part. 

The Secretary will conclude his trip in Dakar, where he will meet with President Macky Sall and Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall to reaffirm the close partnership between our two countries. Given President Sall’s upcoming African Union chairmanship, Secretary Blinken looks forward to discussing regional issues and shared values.  

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