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US-Africa Summit: Washington vows $55 billion to Africa

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The United States at the ongoing US/Africa Summit has announced plans to commit $55 billion to Africa over the next three years.

The White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the money will go to “a wide range of sectors to tackle the core challenges of our time,” and is being distributed in close partnership with Congress, Sullivan said.

The announcement comes after previous investment in health.

The US granted $11.5 billion to address HIV/AIDS; more than $2 billion to combat malaria; more than $2 billion in support of family planning and reproductive health as well as maternal and child health; and more than $2 billion to address the health, humanitarian, and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The US under the Biden administration has also invested and plans to provide at least $1.1 billion to support African-led efforts to support conservation, climate adaptation, and energy transitions.

The US in August announced a review of its strategic policy on sub-Saharan Africa in August, stressing the region’s importance.

U.S. relations with Liberia date back to 1819, but the relations as been threatened lately by China and Russia with which some African countries share diplomatic alignment.

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, vows continued support for Mali

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov who is currently in Mali on a diplomatic visit has that Russia will continue helping Mali improve its military capabilities.

Mali’s recent relations with France have prompted Western concern.

Lavrov made the reiteration during a visit to the West African country where militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

Lavrov has visited a series of African countries recently as Moscow, hit by Western sanctions over its war in Ukraine, seeks to deepen trade ties and strategic partnerships elsewhere.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

Russian media quoted Lavrov as saying that Moscow hoped to start delivering wheat, fertilisers and oil products to Mali soon.

United Nations experts last week called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

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Russian FM, Sergei Lavrov, sets to visit Mali to ‘strengthen defence ties’

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Relations between West African country, Mali and European power, Russia has continue to gain strength as the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans a two-day visit to Mali this week.

The Malian foreign ministry described the visit as a reflection of a shared wish to strengthen defence and security ties.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

The Russian minister will arrive in Bamako on Monday. It is the first time a Russian foreign minister has officially visited the West African nation and reflects Moscow’s focus on extending its reach on the continent while it is at loggerheads with Western powers over its invasion of Ukraine.

A statement by Malian ministry says the visit of the Russian is “high-level visit is in line with the political choice made by the Transitional Government to expand and diversify strategic partnerships.”

Lavrov’s visit shows “the firm will of the Malian and Russian heads of state to give new impetus to the relations of friendship and bilateral cooperation … in priority areas, in particular defence and security,” the ministry said.

Last week, United Nations experts called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

The West African country is currently engaged in a fight against militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State who have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

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