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Blinken Emphasizes the Importance of Working With African Countries

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Blinken Emphasizes the Importance of Working With African Countries

During a stop in Nigeria, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken outlined the Biden administration’s goals in working with Africa on solutions for climate change and Covid-19.

What happens here in Nigeria is felt around the world, and that, in a nutshell, is why I’ve come to Abuja. The United States knows that on most of the urgent challenges and opportunities we face, Africa will make the difference. As we work to end the Covid-19 pandemic and strengthen global health security, we must work closely with the countries of Africa to build public health systems here that can prevent, detect and respond to future emergencies. Because as these past two years have taught us, none of us are completely protected unless all of us are protected. As the urgency of the climate crisis grows, our focus will increasingly be on Africa to solve an emergency that threatens our collective security, our economies and our health. Here, where the potential for renewable energy is greater than anywhere else on the planet, we see not only the stakes of this crisis, but also, also its solutions.

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