Two senior US officials answered journalists’ questions about Harris’ visit to Africa.
Noting that Harris will visit Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia on March 26-April 1, officials noted that the visit in question was the fifth high-level visit by the United States to the continent since the US-Africa Leaders Summit held in December.
Officials said that Harris will meet with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema.
Pointing out that the US sees African countries as critical partners in the face of global challenges, the officials stated that Harris will hold talks on women entrepreneurs, youth and technology, as well as private and public sector investment collaborations in these countries.
“We have made clear that we have real concerns about some of China’s stances in Africa and around the world,” the officials said. He said that China’s influence in the region will also be on Harris’ agenda.
In addition to the support given to Ukraine within the scope of the Russia-Ukraine war and the sanctions imposed on Russia, the authorities shared that Harris will also discuss the activities of the DAESH terrorist organization in the region and human rights issues with the relevant authorities.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, UN Permanent Representative Linda Thomas Greenfield, Biden’s wife Jill Biden and Foreign Minister Antony Blinken have paid official visits to different African countries since January 2023.