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.