Biden Signals New Tone on US-Africa Relations

President Joe Biden delivered a message to African leaders meeting virtually this weekend at the African Union Summit 2021, hosted from Addis Ababa. “The United States stands ready now to be your partner in solidarity, support and mutual respect,” Biden said in a video address, his first speech to an international forum as U.S. president. In his remarks, Biden outlined what he called a shared vision of a better future with growing trade and investment that advances peace and security. “A future committed to investing in our democratic institutions and…

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Central African Republic Leader to Stick by 2019 Peace Pact Despite Coup Bid

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera Saturday said he would honor a 2019 peace pact with 14 rebel groups despite a recent bid by six of them to topple him. One of the world’s poorest countries, the CAR has been locked in violence since 2013, when its then president, Francois Bozize, was overthrown. Touadera won reelection in the first round of a much-troubled December ballot on a turnout of just 35 percent. Rebel groups launched an offensive against the capital Bangui in December, as they banded together under the…

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