Pompeo makes first trip to Africa

  • Sunday 16, February 2020 11:03 AM
Sharjah24 – AFP: The United States is discussing military cuts in Africa, has tightened visa rules for Africans and President Donald Trump notoriously was quoted as disparaging the continent with a vulgar epithet.
But in his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa in his nearly two years in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will seek to lay out a positive vision for US cooperation with the continent where China has been increasingly active.

Pompeo on Saturday begins a trip to Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia, chosen for their leaders' attachment to democratic values in a continent that has seen backsliding in recent years.

"These three countries are major contributors to regional stability. Also, the countries are benefiting from dynamic leadership," a senior State Department official said on customary condition of anonymity.

The official said that a "major theme" will be the growing role of China, which has poured money into the continent as part of its global blitz of infrastructure spending.