Blinken looks to show Africa commitment as crises call out

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Nairobi (AFP) – Antony Blinken on Wednesday began his first trip as US secretary of state to sub-Saharan Africa, hoping to demonstrate a broad commitment focused on democracy and climate change even as crises in Ethiopia and Sudan put security front and centre. The top US diplomat landed early Wednesday in Kenya, one of America’s most longstanding allies in a region where China has made inroads. He will later travel to Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation, and then Senegal, a beacon of democratic stability. Sub-Saharan Africa is the last inhabited region to be visited by Blinken, whos…

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