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Senegal. – Blinken kicks off his African tour with a commitment to help a vaccine factory in Senegal

U.S.A.Senegal. - Blinken kicks off his African tour with...

DAKAR, 20 (DPA/EP)

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, kicked off his African tour in Senegal this Saturday with a promise of North American support for financial support for the Madiba project, a vaccine factory in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

The project is considered an extraordinary initiative for the African continent in the fight against the pandemic, according to Blinken, who has also announced extensive US investment in infrastructure for the African country.

According to a State Department statement, Blinken also met with Senegalese President Mackie Sal and the two reaffirmed the partnership between their countries.

Blinken and Sal discussed their priorities for ending the coronavirus pandemic, rekindling inclusive economic growth, and strengthening democratic governance and respect for human rights in the region.

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Similarly, the Secretary of State also appreciated Senegal’s leadership on various issues in Africa and discussed deepening security cooperation to work together to address the challenge of climate change, according to the statement.

During his tour of Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, Blinken called for measures to strengthen democracy on the continent and spoke of a “critical moment” as the number of authoritarian states around the world continues to grow.

In Kenya, Blinken called for an end to the bloody conflict in Tigre, northern Ethiopia, which was sparking a serious humanitarian crisis.

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