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United States Department of State Announces Film, Music, and Television Platforms to Strengthen the United States.-African Creative Economies

Assistant Secretary Satterfield announced a film-focused pilot program for Nigerian students as part of the Community College Initiative Program (CCI), which taps into the U.S. community college system

Last week while in Lagos, Nigeria, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield announced that the United States will elevate educational and cultural platforms to strengthen creative economies between the United States and Africa. The announcement of these platforms builds on a recent visit to Nigeria…

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf

They discussed the urgency of ensuring civilians are protected, increasing humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, and our strong commitment to establishing a Palestinian state

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Secretary Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf about ongoing diplomatic efforts to achieve an enduring end to the crisis in Gaza that provides lasting peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike. They discussed the urgency of ensuring civilians…

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Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland’s Meeting with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Defense Duale

Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland reiterated the United States’ commitment to a successful Multinational Security Support mission to Haiti

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Acting Deputy Secretary of State and Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland met with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Defense Aden Bare Duale and reaffirmed our strong bilateral ties, ongoing collaboration on counterterrorism, and close security cooperation.  They discussed our shared interest…

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with former Kenyan President Kenyatta

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about the escalating conflict in eastern DRC

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about the escalating conflict in eastern DRC and the importance of the Nairobi Process in providing a pathway to reconciliation with armed groups. The Secretary emphasized the valuable role of…

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Secretary Blinken Opens Newest American Corner in Nigeria, Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Year as Vital Global U.S. Engagement Resource

Nigeria’s network of American Spaces includes two American Centers, located in Abuja and Lagos, and 10 American Corners located in universities, libraries, and community centers across the country

Today in Lagos, Nigeria, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of American Corner Lekki, the newest addition to the United States’ global American Spaces network that comprises more than 600 cultural and information centers in more than 140 countries in every geographic region worldwide.  This year, American Corners, supported by local partners and part of the American Spaces network, celebrates…

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Angola

The Secretary will highlight how the United States has accelerated the U.S.-Africa partnership since the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, including in areas such as climate, food, and health security

Secretary Antony J. Blinken will travel to Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Angola January 21-26, 2024. Throughout the trip, the Secretary will highlight how the United States has accelerated the U.S.-Africa partnership since the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, including in areas such as climate, food, and health security.  He will also…

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The Ceasefire in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States urges all parties to the conflict to redouble efforts to respect the 72-hour ceasefire and to facilitate the withdrawal of forces controlling the locality of Mushaki and the RP1030 Road (Kirolwire-Kitchanga)

We commend all parties to the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that have shown restraint and reiterate our call for further steps to reduce tensions and demonstrate a commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflict.  In particular, we thank DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and Rwandan President…

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United States of America: Under Secretary Zeya’s Travel to France, Egypt, and Spain

While in Cairo, this delegation will underscore U.S. appreciation for Egypt’s leadership supporting the movement of lifesaving humanitarian aid through the Rafah crossing

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya will travel to Paris, France; Cairo, Egypt; and Madrid, Spain from November 8-17, 2023. While in Paris on November 9, she will represent the United States at a French government-hosted international humanitarian conference to review the humanitarian…

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1st Anniversary of Ethiopia’s Cessation of Hostilities Agreement

Today, on the first anniversary of the COHA, the United States remembers those who lost their lives and suffered atrocities. We also recommit to supporting peace and justice for all Ethiopians

A year ago in Pretoria, the African Union and the AU High-Level Panel working with observers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations, and the United States facilitated the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) between the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The…

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with West African Partners on the Situation in Niger

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with representatives from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states, Mauritania, and the ECOWAS Commission to discuss the complex political crisis in Niger

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with representatives from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states, Mauritania, and the ECOWAS Commission to discuss the complex political crisis in Niger. He thanked ECOWAS for leading efforts to bring about a solution…