President Biden has invited President Muhmadu Buhari and 48 other African heads of state and the head of the African Union to Washington, D.C. for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled for December, 13 to 15.
A press statement by the U. S mission, Thursday, said: “The goal of this historic summit will be to build and expand vital political, economic, and strategic partnerships, as well as people-to-people dialogue, based on mutual interests and shared priorities in Africa.
“The summit’s agenda will be packed, including increasing sustainable food production, strengthening health systems, providing humanitarian assistance, responding to the climate crisis, reinforcing democracy and human rights, boosting U.S.-African trade, advancing peace and security, and even enhancing space research and cooperation. President Biden believes that U.S. collaboration with African leaders, as well as civil society, business, diaspora, women, and youth leaders, is essential to addressing these shared challenges.”
According to U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, “the upcoming summit presents opportunities to deepen U.S.-Nigeria bilateral ties on multiple levels.
“We look forward not only to the Nigerian government’s robust participation in the summit, but also to hearing the views of all stakeholders in Nigeria’s promising future, including independent voices from the private sector, civil society, young people, women, and all those who are working to build a strong and inclusive democracy.”