The US Secretary of State’s visit comes shortly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s African tour in July. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, South Africa has taken a neutral stance in the conflict, refusing to join Western calls to condemn Moscow.
United States – Africa: “Washington must engage much more on the continent”
This Monday 8 august, Antony Blinken is due to meet with the head of South African diplomacy, Naledi Pandor, and make announcements regarding the US government’s new African strategy. The talks “will address recent and ongoing developments in the global geopolitical situation,” Pretoria said in a statement.
Antony Blinken will aim to show “African countries that they have an essential geostrategic role and are crucial allies on the most burning issues of our time, from the promotion of an open and stable international system to the fight against effects of climate change, food insecurity and global pandemics,” the US State Department said in late July.
Diplomatic African Tour
After Johannesburg, Antony Blinken must go to the Republic democratic Congo, then in Rwanda, which is experiencing renewed tensions with its Congolese neighbor who accuses it of supporting the rebels of the “March 23 Movement” (M23), which Kigali denies.
This is the second trip by the US Secretary of State to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office. Last year he visited Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.
How China and the United States are fighting over Africa
Prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, American diplomacy in Africa focused primarily on competition with China, which has made significant investments in infrastructure on the African continent and which, unlike the United States , did so without asking States for compensation on democracy or the rights humans.