US Secretary Of State, Blinken To Visit Nigeria, Three Other African Countries

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks on the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Monday, Oct 18, 2021 in the Treaty Room of the State Dept., in Washington. Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He had also been treated over the past few years for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. He was 84. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Nigeria is one of the four countries listed for a visit by the US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, this month.

Blinken’s African tour is scheduled to take place between January 21 and 26, 2024.

A statement by the US embassy in Abuja stated that discussion on security partnership will be part of the continent, and help Africa compete in the global marketplace.

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“Additionally, the Secretary will advance security partnerships based on shared values such as respect for human rights, promotion of democracy, and expansion of the rule of law.

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“He will reaffirm U.S. commitment to our coastal West African partners through the Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability, U.S. partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address regional challenges, and U.S. efforts to support African leadership in de-escalating tensions and adopting diplomatic solutions to the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

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