The Biden administration's special envoy for the Horn of Africa shuttled between Kenya and Ethiopia earlier this week in a bid to boost an African Union-led initiative to end the fighting between the Ethiopian government and ethnic Tigrayans from the country's north.
In Nigeria and Senegal, the State Department said Blinken will discuss West African security, health, climate, democracy and development issues, including recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and the promotion of a fairer and more inclusive global economy. He will also press for expanded U.S. trade and commercial ties with the two countries, it said.
In Abuja, he will meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and give a speech on the Biden administration's Africa strategy. He'll close out his travel in Dakar, where he'll see Senegalese President Macky Sall, who will soon take over the chairmanship of the African Union.