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Blinken Delivers US-Africa Strategy Speech in Pretoria

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken speaks on key US strategy for sub-Saharan Africa at University of Pretoria on Monday, the first leg of her trip to Africa The we.

Brinken emphasized the value of democracy and threats to democracy in his speech, saying that Africa was an "equal partner" that the United States wanted to work with and intended to "dictate." said no.

"By 2050, one in four people on the planet will be Africans. They will shape the destiny of not only this continent, but the world," he said.Russia

He also worked on a wide range of issues, including conflict prevention, online misinformation, science and technology, climate change, and clean energy.

12} VOA spoke with several South African students and asked them for their thoughts on a speech by America's top diplomat.

"Listen—all foreign policy, all national interests will always be their national interests. It's not ours, we know it.

She also thought that Blinken failed to address how domestic politics in the United States would affect the rest of the world. the overthrow of the landmark US case of Roe v. Wade, and the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits US-funded foreign nongovernmental organizations from providing legal abortion services and referrals. She thought he should have spoken.

International Relations student Billy Botshabelo Manama, 22, said that Blinken's speech was good.

``Look, much has been said about democracy. Not surprisingly, if you look at the history of Africa," Manama said.

Manama, like the United States, has