US Secretary Visits South African President
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Report says Blinken attended a Women’s Day event at the South African Medical Research Council in Pretoria, with President Cyril Ramaphosa and also paid tribute to South Africa’s Women’s Day holiday.
While in South Africa Blinken launched the United States’ new strategy for engaging with the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
Outlining the strategy in a speech in Pretoria, he said it was rooted in recognizing sub-Saharan countries as equal partners and emphasized the region’s role as a “major geopolitical force.”
The US diplomat who took off on a flight to Congo is expected to encourage solutions to the violence in eastern Congo where attacks have increased by the M23 rebel group.
His visit to Africa is seen by many as part of the contest between the Western powers and Russia for influence in Africa amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, human rights groups have urged Blinken to promote free and fair elections, respect for human rights, and anti-corruption efforts.