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Pompeo heads for the first time to Africa

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Africa in mid-February on his first visit to the Black Continent, which the Donald Trump administration has not shown much interest in so far.

In a statement on Wednesday, the US State Department announced that Pompeo will travel to Germany on February 14 to attend the Munich Security Conference before visiting Dakar on 15 and 16, where he will discuss with Senegalese President Macky Sall the strengthening of relations between the two countries in terms of security and the economy.

He will travel on 17 months to Luanda, where he will meet with Angolan President Joao Lawrence “to reiterate the United States’ support for Angola’s efforts against corruption and the goal of democratization,” said US diplomatic spokeswoman Morgan Ortigos. Pompeo will also meet businessmen in this oil country.

Until February 19, the Minister will visit Addis Ababa, where he will meet the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abyei Ahmed, who holds the Nobel Peace Prize, to achieve rapprochement with neighboring Eritrea and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Musa Faki.

The Trump administration has shown no interest in the black continent, and even the US president has been criticized for making offensive comments against Haiti and other African countries.

Former Secretary of State in the current administration, Rex Tillerson, visited Africa in February 2018 before his dismissal upon his return to the United States.

Pompeo will also go to Riyadh between February 19 and 21 to discuss with Saudi officials the Iranian file and the conflict in Yemen, as well as human rights, according to his spokesperson.

And he will stop before returning to Washington in the Sultanate of Oman to meet the new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.

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