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U.S. secretary of state in Senegal, first stop of 3-nation African tour

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seeking to lay out a positive vision for US cooperation with Africa, where China has been increasingly active.

Pompeo arrived in Senegalese capital Dakar on Saturday with his wife Suzan, as part of his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa in his nearly two years in office.

In addition to trade and investment, discussions with Senegalese President Macky Sall will also focus on security in the sub-region after the Pentagon announced this week that it was considering withdrawing its troops from Africa.

Mike Pompeo is expected to sign five agreements with the Senegalese authorities, meet with stakeholders of the private sector, address young people among others.

Pompeo’s visit is part of measures to deepen cooperation between Dakar and Washington. After Senegal, the US Secretary of State will travel to Angola and then to Ethiopia where he will complete his 5-day African tour.

Secretary Pompeo@SecPompeo

Thrilled to be in Dakar on my first official visit to West Africa. Throughout our 60 years of friendship, #Senegal has been an important partner in promoting shared democratic values, security, and prosperity. Looking forward to dinner tonight with @amadou_ba_.

Credit: Africanews.com

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Ms. Sekyen Jessica Lot
Co-editor, Downtown Africa
Ms. Lot holds an Economics degree from Nile University in Nigeria.  Over the years, she has gained great knowledge and developed good understanding about the workings of economic dynamics in different parts of the world, especially in Africa.  She is a great believer and advocate of human capital as one of the greatest resources a country needs to achieve development.  One of Ms. Lot’s greatest strengths is her intellectual curiosity and interests in discovering and learning new things that would make the world a better place.  She is an avid researcher and believes in applying practical solutions to problems facing the African continent.  As the Co-editor of Downtown Africa Magazine, her goal is to show the world the best things that Africa has to offer.

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