For four years, Africa was the least of the concerns of the American president. Between his military disengagement and his humiliating statements, Donald Trump stuck to his slogan: “America first”, and who cares about the rest of the world.
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Change of style, line, and now policy. With the arrival from Joe Biden to the White House in 2021, the US administration is trying to strengthen its influence on the African continent. As proof, the visit at the beginning of August of Antony Blinken – the first of the American Secretary of State on the continent – to South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
« Soft power »
Focusing on economic interests as well as political issues, this visit was intended to relaunch American “soft power” as much as to seize the files that are among the most difficult. Antony Blinken thus deplored “reports of support from the DRC to the FDLR like those reporting Rwanda’s support for the M23″, calling for this support to cease on both sides.
This visit comes as the United States has just announced the holding of a summit with African leaders, which will be held from December 13 to 15 in Washington. Joe Biden, 79, has visited US allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in his first 18 months in office, but not in Africa, so the summit will mark its most significant engagement with the continent at ce jour.
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