US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers statements to the press, on the Department of State on February 4, 2020 in Washington,DC. Eric BARADAT / AFP
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make his first journey to sub-Saharan Africa, the State Department stated Wednesday, placing a concentrate on a continent hardly ever prioritized by the Trump administration.
The State Department stated that Pompeo will journey to Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia from February 15 to 19, assembly the leaders of all three nations.
He will begin in Dakar the place he’ll talk about “how to deepen our strong security and economic partnership” with President Macky Sall, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stated.
In Angola, he’ll supply assist to democratization and anti-corruption efforts which have gathered steam since strongman Jose Eduardo dos Santos exited energy in 2017.
And in Ethiopia, Pompeo will “support Ethiopia’s historic political and economic reform agenda” in talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who final 12 months gained the Nobel Peace Prize for spearheading home change and advancing reconciliation with rival Eritrea.
Pompeo may also maintain talks and ship remarks on the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa.
President Donald Trump is just not identified for his curiosity in Africa and notoriously was reported to have used a vulgar epithet for African nations when discussing sources of immigrants.
Pompeo’s journey comes precisely two years after his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, paid a five-nation go to to Africa.
Trump fired him on his return residence, with the White House saying Tillerson realized the information whereas on the bathroom after catching a abdomen bug in Africa.
Pompeo, a stalwart ally of Trump, will head after Africa to shut ally Saudi Arabia for talks within the wake of a US-ordered strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, a high common of the dominion’s regional rival Iran.
He may also cease in Oman to fulfill the brand new sultan, Haitham bin Tariq, and supply condolences over the loss of life of his predecessor Qaboos, who was the Arab world’s longest-serving chief and served as a go-between for Iran and the United States.
Before the Africa journey, Pompeo will participate within the annual Munich Security Conference.