The United States secretary of state Antony Blinken will meet the Presidents of Nigeria and Ivory Coast in a bid to forge a united front with key African democracies as crises engulf the world.


Blinken will meet Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan, before heading to Abuja to see Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, to discuss lingering diplomatic issues and partnerships on different fronts.


The American diplomat will not travel to South Africa which the United States has accused of allowing arms shipments to Russia and which most recently annoyed Washington by bringing a genocide case against Israel before the international court of justice.


But he will visit Angola, which has transitioned from war to democracy and played a vital role in mediating to end unrest in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.


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