JUBA – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has been invited by his United States counterpart Joe Biden to attend the second US-Africa summit taking place virtually from December 13 to December 15, according to the US state department.
The summit, which is a follow-up to the first summit conducted during the time of President Barrack Obama will discuss peace and security, climate change as well as food security in the volatile continent, according to a top US diplomat.
“We expect some of the outcomes to be deepening and expanding reflection of our long- term US-Africa partnership while we advance our shared priorities to amplify African voices,” said Robert Scott, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
“We are looking at complementing our relationship. The world we are living in now is different from 2014,” he noted.
The first-day of the summit will include back-to-back forums for different themes from African-diaspora, peace and security, and governance, among others. Day two is scheduled for the US-African business forum to explore investment opportunities on the continent.
Dana Banks, the National Security Council senior adviser for the summit, said they also invited civil society actors, youth groups and youth leaders to the forums.
The invitation, however, excluded countries like Sudan, Mali and Burkina Faso where their leaders seized power through a military coup.