U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will Tuesday, April 27, embark on his first virtual trip to Africa, where he will visit Kenya and Nigeria and engage with young people from across the continent.
Blinken will begin his virtual travel to Africa meeting with Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumni.
The Secretary’s virtual trip to Kenya will celebrate 57 years of bilateral relationship.
In a “Ten Questions with Tony” event, YALI alumni will have an opportunity to engage with the Secretary on a range of topics, including the role of youth in the future of Africa, economic development, democracy and good governance, climate change, and health.
He will then travel virtually to Nigeria, where he will underscore shared goals of strengthening democratic governance, building lasting security, and promoting economic ties and diversification.
During his visit, Secretary Blinken will meet with President Buhari and Foreign Minister Onyeama to reiterate the value of our bilateral relationship and discuss issues of shared importance.
Blinken will meet with President Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary Omamo to reaffirm strategic partnership, discuss future cooperation to promote democracy and expand trade, and explore avenues to address global challenges, including climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Secretary will also visit Kenyan-based renewable energy companies thatare a model of innovative clean energy alternatives in Africa.
He will then highlight a U.S.-donated Mobile Field Hospital to which the United States is providing essential COVID-19 medical supplies through AFRICOM and the Massachusetts National Guard’s State Partnership Program.