Starting Sunday, Blinken will travel to Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Angola during this weeklong trip the State Department announced Thursday. The Secretary will discuss ways to strengthen U.S.-African partnerships through security, conflict prevention, trade, and job growth in the global marketplace.
This is Blinken’s first trip to Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in nearly a year.
The emphasis on security talks is due to recent coups in Niger and Gabon and warfare over critical minerals between active rebel groups and government-backed militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The U.S. has also expressed concern over the growing influence of China and Russia on