On Wednesday December 19, 2018, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, and National Security Council Senior Director for African Affairs Cyril Sartor, met with African Ambassadors in Washington to discuss the latest US Strategy in Africa, essentially designed to counter Chinese and Russian influence on the continent.
At the meeting, which was closed to Journalists, Congolese Diplomat and Dean of African Diplomatic Corps, Serge Mombouli, delivered this remarks on behalf of his colleagues.
U.S. AFRICA STRATEGY SPEECH
Good morning your Excellency Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Tibor P. Nagy and your Excellency National Security Council Senior Director for African Affairs Cyril Sartor, and the African Diplomatic Corps.
As the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo and the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, I want to thank you for this unique opportunity today.
We are here today to learn from Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Nagy and National Security Council Senior Director Sartor to focus on how and why this is an opportune time for U.S. Africa engagement. The road to political and economic prosperity requires a secure environment and the support of international and regional partners.
National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton outlined the Administrations U.S. Africa Strategy and identified four strategic objectives that are at the heart of the new U.S. Africa strategy:
First that “. . . curbing Moscow and Beijing’s growing influence in Africa will be the White House’s top objective in the region;”
Second that “. . . [the U.S.] will encourage African leaders to choose high-quality, transparent, inclusive, and sustainable foreign investment projects, including those from the United States;”
Third that “The United States will no longer provide indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent;” and
Fourth that “countries that repeatedly vote against the United States in international forums, or take action counter to U.S. interests, should not receive generous American foreign aid.”
On behalf of the African Diplomatic Corps, I want to ask both the Assistant Secretary Nagy and Senior Director Sartor, to provide further clarification on the Administrations Africa Strategy by addressing the following four questions:
First, how the Administration plans to accomplish these strategic policy objectives?
Second to what extent does the Administration propose to engage with African Presidents in choosing high-quality,transparent, inclusive, and sustainable foreign investment projects?
Third, what criteria will the Administration employ to determine foreign assistance across the entire African continent?
Fourth, to what extent if any will U.S. American foreign aid be tied to how African countries vote at the U.N.?
African presidents economic engagement must be the first course of action to ensure and maintain political, environmental, and regional security. We, the African Diplomatic Corps recognize and appreciate the U.S. commitment to economic engagement in Africa and the ongoing U.S. diplomatic support to reduce the internal and regional armed security threats in Africa.
Ambassador of the Republic of Congo, Dean of African Diplomatic Corps
*Courtesy of AlloAfrica News.