WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he will host African leaders for a summit in Washington in mid-December.
The summit of US-Africa leaders will be held Dec. 13-15 and will show a US commitment to Africa that Biden described as “enduring.” He said the meeting “will underline the importance of US-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities.”
Biden added that the summit will help foster new economic engagement, strengthen a shared commitment to democracy and human rights, manage the effects of COVID-19 and future pandemics, promote peace and security, respond on climate change, strengthening regional and global health and promoting food security.
President Barack Obama held a similar summit in Washington in 2014, when Biden was his vice president. The summit followed Obama’s trip to Africa in 2013.
Biden has not visited Africa since taking office.