Biden strikes new tone on U.S.-Africa relations

BY JIBRIL TURE

President Joe Biden meets with Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the White House in November 2021

In a message delivered in early February by video to African leaders meeting virtually in the context of the African Union annual summit, President Biden struck a tone that departed sharply from four years of the Trump administration. In what was his first speech to an international forum as president, Biden stated: “The United States stands ready now to be your partner in solidarity, support and mutual respect.”

The president began his remarks by stating his belief in multilateralism: “This past year has shown us how interconnected our world is and how our fates are bound up together. That’s why my administration is committing to rebuilding our partnership around the world and re-engaging the international institutions like the African Union.”

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