Biden will back African Union in G20 at the US-Africa summit
The White House announced that Joe Biden, the US president, will support a permanent position for the African Union within the Group of 20 major economic countries. This is in an effort to increase the continent’s status.
Biden will announce the news during the three-day US-Africa Summit, which opens Tuesday in Washington DC. This summit will see the United States commit to the continent following inroads made by Russia and China.
Judd Devermont (senior director for African affairs at National Security Council) stated that “it’s past time for Africa to have permanent seats at table in international organizations and initiatives.”
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Devermont stated that “we need more African voices at international conversations that concern global economy, democracy, governance and climate change,”
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Biden expects 50 African leaders to attend the series of meetings between December 13-15, where the US will discuss the African Union’s relationship with India. This meeting is the G20 president’s 2023.
Biden made the pledge after he had publicly supported the expansion of United Nations Security Council representation in Africa during a September speech to the body.
Although few people expect rapid changes to the Security Council’s stance, it pits the US and Russia against China, especially Russia, who are opposed to any attempt to weaken their veto power.
Biden’s administration supported the African Union’s diplomatic efforts on the continent, and sought to establish warm ties with Macky Sall, the current chair of the bloc, who will be attending the Washington summit.
The host country of Indonesia invited Sall for the G20 meeting in Bali last month.
South Africa is currently the only African member in the G20. It was established during 2008’s financial crisis and brought together the top economies around the globe.
Biden met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the White House on September 16, as many South African neighbors and Russia have remained neutral in their opposition to Ukraine’s invasion.