US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Nairobi, Kenya on his first official trip to Africa, in an interview with BBC Senior Africa Correspondent Anne Soy that global progress cannot be achieved. achieved without Africa, because “by 2050, one in four people in the world will be African“.
Also, while unveiling the Biden administration’s African policy, the secretary of state said the United States will focus its engagement on five key areas: improving trade; deal with the Covid-19 pandemic; climate change ; promote democracy, peace and security.
As for the Kingdom, Anthony Blinken kicked in when the journalist asked him if there was a possibility of questioning the decision taken by Donald Trump to recognize as to the Moroccanness of the Sahara by replying that American diplomacy is henceforth focused on the process initiated by the UN. The Secretary of State, despite the journalist’s insistence, did not deviate from his position on the question of ” I have to ask you a question about a country where a region that is rarely talked about, Western Sahara. And we saw at the end of the Trump administration that it had confirmed the sovereignty of Morocco over this region. Is this something that you are going to reverse? The shepherd’s response to the shepherdess “We are currently very focused on supporting the efforts of UN envoy Staffan de Mistura and a UN-led process to find a lasting and dignified solution. This is the object of our efforts ”. And be sure to insist “But are you going to reverse this decision?”
Blinken Rebelote “We are focusing on this UN process, helping to move it forward. We are in touch and are talking to all parties involved. And right now, the focus should be on what the UN is doing, again, to find a lasting and dignified solution.”. Tenacious, Soy takes back “The United States is the only country in the world to recognize the full sovereignty of Morocco over this region. Are you going to reverse this position? ”. Impassive Anthony Blinken does not change his position one iota, “Again, we have been very engaged with all parties. And like I said, our goal right now, especially since we now have a UN envoy after a long time without having had one, is to make sure that process can move forward. This is where we focus. This is where our support goes ”.
The deaf dialogue which the British journalist will have wanted to involve regarding this question of the end of the interview, the American Secretary of State will therefore not have held up. Previously, we had rather invoked the situation in Ethiopia, that of Sudan is also worrying and the American-African policy as well as the policy to counter China on the African continent a continuity of that of the previous American administration.
“Our policy for Africa is about Africa, not China. It is about the relationship between the United States and the 64 countries of the continent. And it rests on this basic reality: whatever we seek to do in the world to advance our own people cannot be done without Africa. When we talk about climate change, Africa must be part of the answer, part of the solution. When we talk about dealing with pandemics like COVID-19, Africa has to be part of the solution, of the partnership, and we are building partnerships on both fronts.