Anticipation Builds as Biden Prepares for Angola Visit Amid Ongoing Promise of Africa Trip

Anticipation Builds as Biden Prepares for Angola Visit Amid Ongoing Promise of Africa Trip

Washington - On Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his upcoming visit to Angola, signaling a potential reinvigoration of engagement with Africa amidst global challenges.

During an Oval Office meeting with Angolan President Joao Lourenco, Biden expressed his commitment to the visit, stating, "I have been there and I will be back." However, he did not specify the exact timing, and the White House did not provide additional details in response to inquiries.

As Biden gears up for re-election amid foreign policy challenges ranging from Ukraine to Israel, his lack of a trip to the African continent has garnered attention, despite acknowledging its global significance.

The anticipated meeting between the two leaders is expected to focus on cooperation and investment in solar energy, infrastructure development, and space—a domain where the Biden administration perceives competition with China and counters Russia.

As part of the visit, Angola is poised to endorse the Artemis Accords, shaping rules for space exploration. The country's satellite program, supported by Russia, aligns with this accord. Additionally, the United States supports a project connecting the resource-rich Democratic Republic of Congo to Angola's port of Lobito by rail, addressing road congestion and streamlining the copper and cobalt route.

"Africa: 1 billion people. Critically important," emphasized Biden ahead of the Oval Office meeting, underscoring the significance of Angola. Last December, he expressed eagerness to visit the continent during a summit of African leaders in Washington, pledging to engage with leaders in their home countries.

While Biden briefly attended a climate conference in Egypt last year, Vice President Kamala Harris embarked on a week-long trip to Africa earlier this year, underscoring the administration's commitment to the region.

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