The United States views African countries as “equal partners” in the new challenges facing the world, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday in Pretoria.
The United States’ Africa strategy, which reflects the complexity and diversity of the continent, is rooted in “the recognition that sub-Saharan Africa is a major geopolitical force”Blinken said during a visit to South Africa.
Speaking at a conference at the University of Pretoria, he noted that the United States and African countries must work together to achieve common priorities, such as post-Covid-19 recovery, creating economic opportunity, tackling the climate crisis, expanding energy access and revitalizing democracy.
“The United States will not dictate the choices to Africa”, stressed the head of American diplomacy, noting “the right to make these choices belongs to Africans alone”.
Earlier today, Blinken pointed out in a press briefing that “What we seek above all is a true partnership between the United States and Africa. We do not want an unbalanced or transactional relationship”.
The US Secretary of State’s visit to South Africa is part of an African tour that will end next Thursday.