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April 27, 2021

Secretary Blinken's Virtual Travel to Africa

  • Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken made his first virtual visit to Africa on April 27 with visits to Kenya and Nigeria.
  • Secretary Blinken began his virtual travel to Africa meeting with Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI)  alumni. In a “Ten Questions with Tony” event, YALI alumni engaged with the Secretary on a range of topics, including the role of youth in the future of Africa, economic development, democracy and good governance, climate change, and health. Through YALI, the United States works with public, private sector, and civil society partners across the continent to develop initiatives and economic opportunities to support the creativity, innovativeness, and energy of Africa’s youth.
  • The Secretary’s virtual trip to Kenya celebrated our 57-year bilateral relationship. Secretary Blinken met with President Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary Omamo to reaffirm our strategic partnership, discuss future cooperation to promote democracy and expand trade, and explore avenues to address global challenges, including climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Secretary visited Kenyan-based renewable energy companies that, thanks in part to U.S. government engagement, are a model of innovative clean energy alternatives in Africa.  Finally, as part of our solidarity with Kenya amid the global pandemic, the Secretary highlighted a U.S.-donated Mobile Field Hospital to which the United States is providing essential COVID-19 medical supplies through AFRICOM and the Massachusetts National Guard’s State Partnership Program.


The United States and Kenya: Strategic Partners

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Virtual Meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Secretary Blinken’s Virtual Meeting with Kenyan President Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Omamo

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks at the Virtual Kenya-U.S. Interagency Clean Energy Event

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Discussion with Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Young African Leaders Initiative

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Virtual Town Hall with U.S. Mission Nigeria and U.S. Embassy Nairobi Employees and Family Members

Youtube Video: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participates in Virtual Travel to Africa from the Department of State:

    • 49:41 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network Event
    • 3:21:44 Meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
    • 4:04:40 U.S. Investments in Kenya’s Clean Energy Sector
    • 4:25:26 Massachusetts State Partnership Program in Kenya
    • 4:36:26 Town Hall: State Department staff in Nigeria & Kenya