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US excludes Sudan, Burkina Faso, others from Africa leaders' summit
By: News Editor
Wed, 23 Nov 2022   ||   United States, Washington DC

The President of the United States of America (USA), Joe Biden, has invited Forty-nine African heads of States and Governments to the U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit next month in Washington D.C.
This was disclosed by the Biden’s Special Assistant and National Security Council Advisor, Dana Banks, on Tuesday, via a teleconference on the upcoming Summit’s agenda to strengthen U.S.-Africa relations and highlight U.S. commitment to the African continent.
Banks said forty-five African leaders have confirmed the invitation.
The Special Assistant said the President invited 49 African leaders, excluding those from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Sudan, and Mali. The four Countries are currently suspended by the African Union (AU).
The White House official said Biden used three criteria to invite African governments to the Summit.
“President Biden invited all sub-Saharan and North African governments that have not been suspended by AU, states the U.S. government recognises, and states with which we exchange Ambassadors.”
Banks added that Biden looks forward to hosting leaders from across the African continent.
This is the second time the Summit will hold since the first edition by ex-President Barack Obama in 2014.
According to Banks, the summit aims to advance shared priorities and foster stronger ties between the United States and Africa. It will also provide an opportunity to advance the Biden administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people, as well as emphasise the depth and breadth of the United States’ commitment to the African continent.
She said; “Africa will shape the future — not just the future of the African people, but of the world. Africa will make the difference in tackling the most urgent challenges and seizing the opportunities we all face.’’
The Summit will be focused on nine pillars: economic engagement, peace, security and governance, democracy, human rights and governance, global health, food security, climate change, diaspora engagement, education and youth leadership and amplifying African voices.
The Special Assistant noted that the Summit aims to amplify African voices to tackle global challenges collaboratively.
She said; “The goal of the Summit is rooted in recognition of the continent as a global player and how it will shape, not just the future of the continent, but also the world. The breadth and depth of American partnership with African partners are based upon dialogue, respect, and shared values.”
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Robert Scott, on his part said:
“The U.S. knows that, on most of the urgent challenges and opportunities we face, Africa will make the difference. We can’t achieve our goals around the world without the leadership of African governments, institutions and citizens.’’
“Issues that affect the globe are, in large, going to be solved by Africans. Furthermore, there is an added element to the Summit: There will be a U.S.-Africa Civil and Commercial Space Forum.”



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