World Nigeria: Armament, Vaccines and Violence Police in the heart of the BUHARI-BLINKEN

04:05  19 november  2021
04:05  19 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

US, Egypt tackle myriad irritants in strategic talks

  US, Egypt tackle myriad irritants in strategic talks WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Egypt put a brave face on strains in their relationship on Monday amid domestic Egyptian developments and regional crises that are testing long-standing ties between the countries. With Egypt’s human rights record posing a significant irritant that has resulted in the withholding of some U.S. military aid and flashpoint situations in Egyptian neighbors Ethiopia and Sudan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken depart after a U.S.-Egypt strategic dialogue, at the State Department, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool).

SECRETARY BLINKEN : Well, thank you very much, and I don’t want to take too much time other than to say how wonderful it is to be here, to be back in Nigeria . And I think you’ve covered the agenda that we have so very well, and it’s really reflective of the fact that the work that our countries are doing together is both incredibly broad in the things that we’re doing, and also increasingly deep, and we welcome that. We welcome working in ever closer ways, because one of the things that we feel very strongly is that the big challenges all of our citizens face simply can’t be addressed by any one of us

Blinken will also visit Nigeria , a U.S. partner facing human rights concerns. Suicide bombers on motorcycles struck within minutes of each other in the heart of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Slow vaccination rates increase the risk of vaccine -resistant variants of the virus, experts say. A demonstration against police brutality last year in Lagos, Nigeria .Credit Temilade Adelaja/Reuters.

Le secrétaire d'État américain Antony Blinken et le président nigérian Muhammadu Buhari à Abuja, le 18 novembre 2021. © Reuters - Nigerian Presidency / Handout The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, November 18, 2021.

By removing Nigeria from the Black List of countries violating the freedom of religions by the United States, Antony Blinken had prepared the ground. It is therefore a President Muhamadu Buhari described who received Thursday, November 18 the Secretary of State for a hidden face-to-face in Abuja. At this meeting at Aso Rock Palace, Nigeria and the United States signed an agreement on humanitarian and health components. And the two men addressed the taboo subject of police violence in Nigeria.

Blinken to Africa to boost US response to regional crises

  Blinken to Africa to boost US response to regional crises WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration’s competition with China for influence didn’t get off to a great start in Africa. In August, the top U.S. diplomat planned a visit, only to postpone it because of the turmoil in Afghanistan that preoccupied Washington. Now, three months later and as two significant African crises worsen, Secretary of State Antony Blinken will try again this week to signal the administration’s “America is back” message to the continent. Despite its importance in the U.S.-China rivalry, Africa has often been overshadowed amid more pressing issues in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and even Latin America.

Blinken 's three-nation Africa trip started in Kenya, where he reiterated calls for an unconditional ceasefire in the Ethiopian conflict and appealed for a return to civilian democracy in Sudan after last month's coup. In Africa's most populous nation Nigeria , Blinken would discuss domestic and regional security with Buhari and his officials, including possible U.S. military and intelligence support for Nigeria 's counter-terrorism efforts, officials in the presidency said. Discussions would also include cooperation on global health security, expanding energy access and economic growth and revitalising

SECRETARY BLINKEN : Thank you very, very much and good evening, everyone. We’re also working closely with Nigeria to help the populations most affected by conflict and violence in the country, particularly in the northeast, where the United States is providing vital humanitarian aid to approximately 2.2 million internally displaced Nigerians . The United States continues to build the capacity, together with Nigeria , of the military, including through the recent delivery of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.

with our correspondent in Abuja, Moses Gomis

Bearer good news, Antony Blinken confirmed the delivery of the twelve helicopters ordered by Nigeria for months. Devices to combat the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) in the Lake Chad region, which will be complemented by new military technical assistance.

In addition to strengthening their humanitarian aid in northeastern Nigeria, the United States promises at least 5 million doses of VVID-19 vaccines. Not surprisingly, the Nigerian Head of State listened to Antony Blinken approach the theme of police brutality. While recognizing that the United States also suffers from similar violence, the US Secretary of State rented the investigation by an independent panel on the bloody repression of a peaceful manifestation of October 2020 in Lagos.

President Muhammadu Buhari did not commented on the revelations of the report confirming the victims of the toll of Lekki . On the other hand, he told Antony Blinken that if he reform of the security forces there must be, he expects a first step of the States of the Nigerian Federation before acting.

Blinken warns of 'deeply troubling' reports from Afghanistan amid US withdrawal .
Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged Wednesday that the situation in Afghanistan is headed in the wrong direction. They "certainly do not speak well of the Taliban's intentions for the country as a whole," he told ABC News.

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