Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AP) – US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Halley has launched a diplomatic mission to solve the two most difficult crises in Africa – chaotic political violence and humanitarian disasters – for fear of developing a security threat to the United States.
Halle arrived in Ethiopia on Monday for talks with Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desaligne and AU officials. Halley said after the meeting that she hoped this would be the beginning of a “strong relationship” between the African Union and Washington’s partners in Africa.
“The United States sees Africa as a very important part of the world, we see great opportunities in Africa and we also see the challenges, but we want to help and provide support in those cases, and more importantly we want to see how we can build partnership together, Economic growth, strategic practices or political solutions. “
Halley will also travel to southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is one of the first senior members of the administration of US President Donald Trump, who visited Africa.
Trump has not said much about Africa since he took office, but the killing of four US soldiers in Niger during an ambush by fighting early this month highlighted Washington’s military expansion and operations to combat terrorism against militants in Africa.
“We see around the world that desperation often leads to serious consequences, and so President Donald Trump has recently asked me to travel to Africa to see for myself what to do and what to do,” Halley said in an opinion piece for CNN before traveling to Africa.
After the meetings, Halli warned that leaving unresolved conflicts in Africa could leave a vacuum to become a golden opportunity for extremist groups like in southern Sudan.
She also said she would send a sharp message to South African President Salva Kiir and Congo President Joseph Kabila that “their governments should stop making the work of peacekeepers and aid workers more difficult.”
Trump said it was reconsidering its relationship with CARE. Washington backed Kiir in 2011 when South Sudan gained independence from the Republic of Sudan after decades of conflict.
South Sudan entered a civil war after Kiir, a Dinka, was expelled from the Nuer tribe in 2013 by Riek Machar, the day of brutal attacks on civilians. The conflict has led to the largest refugee crisis in Africa, where one-third of the country’s population – four million people – has been forced to leave. The same number of people have been displaced from Congo.
Haley accused the Congolese president of being “predatory” with his people, and ended his term in December but refuses to step down.
Congo and South Sudan consume more than $ 1 billion a year in UN peacekeeping operations, and their operations are more expensive. The United States has the largest share of money for peace-keeping operations, but Halley has focused on reducing costs since taking office.