The president of United States, Joe Biden, plans to organize a summit with African leaders to show their commitment to the continent, announced this Friday the US Secretary of State Antony Blink.

“President Biden plans to host a summit between the United States and African leaders to advance high-level diplomacy and engagement that can transform relations and make cooperation more effective,” Blinken said in a speech in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

Blinken, who is making his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since he was appointed Secretary of State, did not give details about the date of this summit.

This initiative coincides with the increase in China’s diplomatic weight in this region. An example is the high-level meeting organized this month in Senegal, a West African country, which Blinken will arrive at this Friday.

United States allies such as France, the United Kingdom or Japan regularly organize meetings with African leaders.

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