Secretary Antony J. Blinken’s visit to Abidjan January 22-23, 2024, advanced commitments made during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit by expanding partnerships with the government, institutions, and people of Côte d’Ivoire. Secretary Blinken will meet with President Alassane Ouattara and senior members of his government to discuss shared priorities to strengthen democracy and good governance, expand economic growth and trade, improve security in Côte d’Ivoire and the region, as well as programs to advance climate, food security, and health. The United States and Côte d’Ivoire are working together to invest in people, promote peace, and expand shared prosperity, especially for young Ivoirians. A healthy, safe, and economically strong Côte d’Ivoire is good for the United States. We have a strong relationship with Côte d’Ivoire based on shared values. The United States invests heavily in Ivorian people and institutions, based on a partnership of mutual respect. The United States congratulates Côte d’Ivoire on hosting the Africa Cup of Nations. Secretary Blinken and his delegation attended a key match and recognized the exceptional professionalism, competition, and diplomacy on the field. The President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement chose Côte d’Ivoire for its inaugural visit, bringing three trailblazing sports envoys, with support of the Global Engagement Center, as a visible symbol of our bilateral partnership. Côte d’Ivoire is a vital partner in the implementation of the President’s Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability and associated 10-year plan for Coastal West Africa (also includes Benin, Ghana, Guinea, and Togo). Our plan aligns closely with Côte d’Ivoire’s 2021-2025 National Development Plan to build social cohesion, strengthen community resilience, and expand economic opportunity, to create the conditions for peace and stability. The Secretary announced that the United States will provide $45 million in new funding , working with the U.S. Congress, to help Côte […]
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