Joe Biden, the United States of America president, has invited 49 African Heads of State and the head of the African Union for a three-day US-Africa leaders summit.
According to a press statement, by the US Embassy in Abuja, on Thursday, the summit will be held in Washington DC from December 13 to 15, 2022.
The statement notes Biden believes that US collaboration with African leaders, as well as civil society, business, the diaspora, women and youth leaders, is essential to addressing shared challenges.
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Building and expanding vital political, economic, and strategic partnerships as well as people-to-people dialogue based on mutual interests and shared priorities in Africa will be the goal of the summit
The statement, however, noted that “the summit’s agenda will be packed, including increasing sustainable food production, strengthening health systems, providing humanitarian assistance, responding to the climate crisis, reinforcing democracy and human rights, boosting US-African trade, advancing peace and security, and even enhancing space research and cooperation.”
According to US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, the upcoming summit presents opportunities to deepen US-Nigeria bilateral ties on multiple levels.