US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will travel to Africa to tell countries there they need to play a “geostrategic role,” the State Department announced Friday. Washington is trying to neutralize Russia’s influence in the region, writes the French website 20minutes.
Blinken will visit South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in August. He will convince the governments of these countries that they are “vital allies” and that they have a fundamental role to play in “the most important issues of our era,” the State Department statement said.
The State Department noted that these issues include “promoting an open and stable international system, combating the effects of climate change, food insecurity, and global pandemics.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently visited Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to argue that the EU and the West are to blame for the food crisis.
Russia’s efforts to gain influence in Africa worry the West. French President Emmanuel Macron made a remarkable choice to visit Africa on his first foreign trip of his second term. The President visited Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.
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As AFP commented, Macron’s focus on the region is to develop economic ties with China and Russia.
A key topic of Macron’s talks in Africa was the development of agriculture in relation to the crisis caused by Russia’s occupation of Ukraine. France counts on the fact that it will support many projects related to the development of agricultural production.
The attitude of many African countries to Russian aggression against Ukraine is ambiguous. 25 African countries did not support or vote on a UN resolution condemning Moscow for the invasion. (PAB)
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