US VP Harris to go to Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia in push to spice up Africa hyperlinks

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Kamala Harris will journey to 3 African international locations this month, an announcement stated Monday, as Washington seems to be to strengthen diplomatic ties on the continent.

The journey to Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia from March 25 to April 2 comes after a December summit hosted by President Joe Biden in Washington with US leaders and counterparts from Africa, a continent the place China and Russia have loved rising clout.

Harris’s tour goals to “strengthen the USA’ partnerships all through Africa and advance our shared efforts on safety and financial prosperity,” an announcement from the vp’s workplace stated.

She is because of meet with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Samia Hassan of Tanzania and President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia with matters together with democracy, financial development, meals safety and impacts of Russia’s struggle in Ukraine on the agenda.

“The Vice President will advance efforts to increase entry to the digital economic system, help local weather adaptation and resilience, and strengthen enterprise ties and funding,” the assertion added.

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Harris will probably be accompanied by her husband, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, and can also be attributable to meet with civil society representatives.

The December summit was the primary of its sort since African leaders got here in 2014 to see Barack Obama, whose successor Donald Trump made no secret of his lack of curiosity in Africa, which has turn into extra heated as a diplomatic battleground following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final yr.

In September, Biden referred to as for an African everlasting seat on the UN Safety Council, backed a everlasting African Union function within the Group of 20 economies and stated he was planning a go to – the primary by a US president since 2015 – to sub-Saharan Africa.

His spouse, Jill Biden, reiterated the dedication to serving to African nations get a louder voice on the UN and different worldwide our bodies on a visit to Namibia and Kenya in February.