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Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip will strengthen U.S.-Africa ties

by The Grio

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris gives remarks at the African and Diaspora Young Leaders Forum at the African American History and Culture Museum on December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip to three African nations from beginning this weekend to April 2 marks an important step to building stronger U.S. ties with a continent that has seldom received the positive attention it deserves.

The trip is the latest in a long line of important assignments President Joe Biden has given to the vice president internationally and domestically. Harris has met with over 100 world leaders and is helping improve relationships with nations that worsened under the chaotic and impulsive foreign policy agenda pursued by former President Donald Trump. 

The vice president’s visit is yet another sign of the Biden-Harris administration’s wise commitment to strengthening relations with African nations. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has visited nations in sub-Saharan Africa three times and first lady Jill Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen have also visited the continent.

Harris will meet with Presidents Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Samia Hassan of Tanzania and Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia to build on the progress made at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by Biden and the vice president in December. Harris and the three African presidents will discuss African development issues, bilateral relations, Russia’s war against Ukraine and other issues. Harris will also meet with young leaders, business people and others outside of government. 

At the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Biden and Harris announced plans to work with Congress to invest at least $55 billion in Africa over three years on a broad range of…

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