Biden’s Top Diplomat Victoria Nuland To Meet President Samia, To Hold Roundtable with Opposition

The Biden administration is dispatching a top diplomat to four African countries where she will meet with three presidents to strengthen bilateral ties.

The administration said in a statement on Sunday that the U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Niger from July 31 to August 6.

She will meet with the presidents of Botswana, Tanzania and Niger and top South African officials.

“In South Africa, the Under Secretary will meet with senior South African officials and co-chair the Working Group on African and Global Issues to advance shared priorities. She will welcome the United States’ donation of 5.66 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to South Africa, and meet with civil society and business leaders,” read a State Department statement detailing her trip.

In Botswana, the Under Secretary will meet with President Mokgweetsi Masisi to advance the partnership between nations on democracy, the climate crisis, economic prosperity, and security in southern Africa, while in Tanzania, the Under Secretary will meet with President Samia Suluhu Hassan and hold a roundtable with opposition leaders.

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AFRICOM Commander, Gen Stephen Townsend, Visits Tanzania, Opens First Joint Special Forces Training Exercise Between the Two Nations Since 2017

U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), conducted a two-day visit to Tanzania, July 27-28, where he met with senior defense officials and opened the first joint special forces training exercise between the two nations since 2017.

“Tanzania remains an African security leader and a partner of U.S. Africa Command. Our defense forces have a long history of working side by side. This visit is a symbol of our desire to strengthen that partnership,” Townsend said.

On July 28 Townsend joined with General Venance Mabeyo, Chief of Defence Forces, for the opening ceremony of a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) between a U.S. Special Forces Detachment and members of Tanzania’s Marine Special Forces at the Peacekeeping Operations Training Center in Kunduchi. The six-week exercise is the first of its type between the U.S. and Tanzania since 2017. The U.S. and Tanzanian forces will train side by side to strengthen skills such as small unit tactics, marksmanship, medical treatment, unit maneuver, the Law of Armed Conflict, and the preservation of human rights in combat.

“U.S. Africa Command is committed to working with the Tanzanian military on regional challenges. We are strengthening our military ties through joint operational training and exercises,” Townsend said. “It’s important we develop our partnership with Tanzania to advance our shared goals and security objectives.”

Townsend’s visit also included a stop at the Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) headquarters in Upanga, where he was welcomed by an honor guard and met with senior leaders. In addition, Townsend visited the U.S. Embassy where he met with U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Donald Wright and other Embassy personnel.

According to Ambassador Wright, the training exercise and Townsend’s visit are evidence of the importance that the U.S. places on its strong security cooperation with Tanzania.

“General Townsend’s visit reaffirms the broad and longstanding security partnership between the United States and Tanzania. As we celebrate 60 years of bilateral relations between the U.S. and Tanzania, this visit underscores the importance of security cooperation to that relationship based on mutual respect and shared values.”

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Tanzania Receives 1st Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Saturday received its first batch of 1 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. government.

Tanzania had been among the few countries in Africa yet to receive vaccines or start inoculating its population, mainly because its former leader had claimed prayer had defeated COVID-19 in the country.

The vaccines were received by Foreign Affairs Minister Liberata Mulamula and the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, Donald Wright, at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Former Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who died in March, had refused to accept vaccines after he claimed three days of prayer had healed the country of the virus in June 2020.

Magufuli, 61, was among the world’s most prominent skeptics of COVID-19. Though his official cause of death was reported to be cardiac arrest, Magufuli’s critics believe he died of COVID-19.

Magufuli’s deputy, Samai Suluhu Hassan, took over as president in line with the country’s constitution and became the first female president in Tanzania.

Hassan has reversed Tanzania’s practice of denying COVID-19′s spread in the East African country.

Source: AP