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Leaders depart for US-Africa summit in Washington

African leaders are heading to Washington ahead of the US-Africa summit that will be hosted by President Joe Biden.

The three-day summit begins on Tuesday and will aim to demonstrate the commitment of President Biden’s administration to the continent, according to organisers.

A total of 49 heads of state and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat have been invited to the summit.

Mali, Guinea, Sudan and Burkina Faso – which are suspended by the African Union – were not invited. Eritrea was also excluded.

Some African leaders have been tweeting about their departure to the summit:

Dr. Lazarus Chakwera @LAZARUSCHAKWERA

The First Lady and I have left for Washington DC for the #USAfricaLeadersSummit22. We will foster new trade, investment & advance interests on Economy, Education, Health, Good Governance, Peace, Security & Climate Change. #USAfricaLeadersSummit22

Yoweri K Museveni @KagutaMuseveni

On my way to Washington DC, USA for the US-Africa Leaders summit among other official engagements.

Hakainde Hichilema @HHichilema

We’ve left for the #USA to participate in the #USAfricaLeadersSummit22 to be hosted by @POTUS @JoeBiden. While there we’ll hold bilateral talks with fellow Heads of State and Corporate leaders to showcase #Zambia.