Virtual Travel to Africa, April 27, 2021
Secretary Blinken began his virtual travel to Africa meeting with Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumni. In a “Ten Questions with Tony” event, YALI alumni had 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. Through YALI, the United States works with public, private sector, and civil society partners across the continent to develop initiatives and economic opportunities to support the creativity, innovativeness, and energy of Africa’s youth.
Secretary Blinken then traveled virtually to Nigeria, where he underscored our shared goals of strengthening democratic governance, building lasting security, and promoting economic ties and diversification. People-to-people connections, underpinned by the dynamic Nigerian diaspora in the United States, amplify and strengthen our relationship. During his visit, Secretary Blinken met with President Buhari and Foreign Minister Onyeama to reiterate the value of our bilateral relationship and discuss issues of shared importance. Secretary Blinken also participated in a health partnership event to underscore our collaboration to combat the pandemic as well as long-term U.S. investments in combatting infectious diseases. He met with a beneficiary of a PEPFAR program and a Nigerian health care worker.
The Secretary’s virtual trip to Kenya celebrates our 57-year bilateral relationship. Secretary Blinken met with President Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary Omamo to reaffirm our 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 also visited Kenyan-based renewable energy companies that, thanks in part to U.S. government engagement, are a model of innovative clean energy alternatives in Africa. Finally, as part of our solidarity with Kenya amid the global pandemic, we highlighted 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.
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Roundtable with Kenyan and Nigerian Journalists
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks at the Virtual Kenya-U.S. Interagency Clean Energy Event
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Blinken’s Virtual Meeting with Kenyan President Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Omamo
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Virtual Meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
- April 27, 2021 The United States and Kenya: Strategic Partners
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Virtual Town Hall with U.S. Mission Nigeria and U.S. Embassy Nairobi Employees and Family Members
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the Virtual U.S.-Nigeria Health Partnership Event
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Nigerian President Buhari and Foreign Minister Onyeama
- April 27, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Virtual Meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama
- April 27, 2021 The United States and Nigeria: Strategic Partners
- April 26, 2021 Public Schedule – April 27, 2021