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HomeU.S.-Africa Leaders SummitSecretary Blinken at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Secretary Blinken at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

President Biden invited leaders from across the African continent to Washington, DC on December 13-15, 2022 for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Here’s an overview of Secretary Blinken’s activities during the summit. See also President Biden and Vice President Harris at the summit.

Monday, December 12, 2022

Secretary Blinken shaking hands with the Innovation First Place Winner

Remarks at a Reception for African Innovators

“Innovators and entrepreneurs from Africa are likely to be the ones that solve the world’s most urgent challenges. We hosted an Innovators Gathering with Prosper Africa, Tony O. Elumelu Foundation, DOS Careers, and Google to acknowledge this ahead of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit.”—Secretary Blinken

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Secretary Blinken speaks to a crowded, dimly lit auditorium

Remarks at the African and Diaspora Young Leaders Forum

“The African and Diaspora Young Leaders Forum at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit was an important dialogue between U.S. officials and the African diaspora. I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas we discussed grow and blossom into life-changing and saving solutions.”—Secretary Blinken

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Meeting with Secretary Austin and the Presidents of Djibouti, Niger, and Somalia

“Together with Secretary Austin, I met with three close partners of the United States: President Bazoum of Niger, President Mohamud of Somalia, and President Guelleh of Djibouti to discuss security cooperation and other shared priorities, including climate, health, education, and food security.”—Secretary Blinken

U.S and Angolan delegations sit on opposite sides of a long table, two flags in background

Meeting with Secretary Austin and the President of Angola

“Met with Angolan President Lourenço to discuss our shared goals in Angola and across Africa. I expressed gratitude for his leadership on regional challenges, including in eastern DRC, and his ongoing democratic and economic reforms.”—Secretary Blinken

Secretary Blinken listens to Administrator Power

Remarks at the Peace, Security, and Governance Forum

“I co-chaired today’s Peace, Security, and Governance Forume with Secretary of Defense Austin and Administrator Power at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where we underscored the inextricable links between democratic institutions and governance and long-term peace and prosperity.”—Secretary Blinken

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Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia

“Great to join Congolese President Tshisekedi with Foreign Minister Lutundula and Zambia President Hichilema with Foreign Minister Kakubo to sign an MOU on U.S. Assistance to Develop the DRC-Zambia Electric Vehicle Battery Value Chain, further supporting the Minerals Security Partnership’s objectives.”—Secretary Blinken

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Remarks at the Conservation, Climate Adaptation, and Just Energy Transition

“Great discussion on the intersection between conservation, climate adaptation, and resilience, as well as the need for a just transition in the energy sector. Our partnerships will be vital if we are to harness our strengths and opportunities and address the challenges we face.”—Secretary Blinken

American and Senegalese delegations seated on opposite sides of a long table, two flags in background

Meeting with the President of Senegal and African Union Chairperson

“Great to see Senegalese President Macy Sall at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to reaffirm the U.S.-Senegal partnership. We discussed ways to deepen our cooperation on regional challenges like the climate crisis. The friendship between the U.S. and Senegal is stronger than ever.”—Secretary Blinken

American and Ethiopian delegations seated on opposite sides of a long table, two flags in background

Meeting with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

“Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and I discussed the measurable progress made so far on implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the positive impact full implementation by all parties of the Pretoria and Nairobi agreements will have on Ethiopia’s recovery.”—Secretary Blinken

U.S. and DRC delegations seated on opposite sides of a long table, two flags in background

Meeting with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

“During my meeting today with President Tshisekedi, I reinforced our support for the people of the DRC who are suffering from M23’s violence. The commitments made in Luanda to cease hostilities, condemn hate speech, and bring peace to eastern DRC must be honored.”—Secretary Blinken

Secretary Blinken speaking in the Capitol building

Remarks at a Congressional Reception

“The State Department is committed to working with Congress to expand and modernize U.S. partnerships across Africa on economic prosperity, democracy and human rights, health, food security, and climate. Thanks to Speaker Pelosi for welcoming African leaders today.”—Secretary Blinken

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

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Millennium Challenge Corporation Regional Compact Signing Ceremony

“The presidents of Benin, Patrice Talon, and Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, just signed the first-ever Millennium Challenge Corporation Regional Transport Compacts. These compacts will assist in reducing poverty and building inclusive, sustainable, economic growth in the region.”—Secretary Blinken

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Meeting with the Presidents of Namibia and Zambia and the Foreign Minister of South Africa

“Appreciate meeting with Namibian President Geingob, Zambian President Hichilema, and South African Foreign Minister Pandor. As members of the Southern African Development Community Organ Troika and key leaders in Southern Africa, their voices are crucial to building strong ties and addressing shared challenges.”—Secretary Blinken

American and Tunisian delegations sitting on opposite sides of table

Meeting with the President of Tunisia

“Met with President Saied of Tunisia to emphasize our support for Tunisia’s economic prosperity and the importance of strengthening democratic checks and balances and the protection of fundamental freedoms.”—Secretary Blinken

American and Ghanaian delegations sitting on opposite sides of table, flags in background

Meeting with the President of Ghana

“Good meeting with President Akufo-Addo at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. I appreciate our strong U.S.-Ghana Relationship, including our work to bolster democracy, regional security, economic investment, and prosperity in West Africa, and our partnership on the UN Security Council.”—Secretary Blinken

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Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum Lunch

“Today’s U.S.-Africa Business Forum brought together partners to build a more prosperous and resilient future. Thanks to all the stakeholders who committed to creating jobs and driving inclusive and sustainable growth on both sides of the Atlantic.”—Secretary Blinken

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Meeting with the President of Egypt

“Productive meeting with President El-Sisi on the U.S.-Egypt strategic partnership. We discussed Egypt’s successful hosting of COP27, its important role in promoting regional stability, and the importance of progress on human rights.”—Secretary Blinken

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Meeting with the President of Mozambique

“Met with Mozambican President Nyusi during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. We discussed shared goals, including our partnership under the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability and explored areas of cooperation as Mozambique prepares to join the UN Security Council.”—Secretary Blinken

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Remarks at the Foreign Ministers Dinner

“Excellent meeting with my counterparts from across Africa. I am confident that as we face urgent global challenges and opportunities, Africa will make the difference.”—Secretary Blinken

Thursday, December 15, 2022

President Ruto sits across from Secretary Blinken

Meeting with the President of Kenya

“Always a pleasure to meet Kenyan President Ruto to discuss enhancing our robust strategic partnership. Kenya remains a strong partner for the United States, and we look forward to continuing our work on shared goals in Africa and globally.”—Secretary Blinken

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