Security issues and promoting access to education for African youth were at the top of the agenda for US assistant secretary of state Tibor Nagy’s visit to Ethiopia, the Central African Republic, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, and Somalia in January.
In South Sudan, Nagy had strong words for President Salva Kiir Mayardit and rebel leader Riek Machar, saying they should work toward making the February 22 deadline, agreed to late last year, to form a unity government. He said there is no reason they cannot go ahead and form the unity government, and agree to deal with outstanding issues later.
In neighboring Sudan, he commended the efforts of the transitional government to move the country toward civilian rule after long-time leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April 2019.
In Ethiopia, Nagy attended the inauguration of the American Corner at Mekelle University, a space aimed at developing and empowering Ethiopian youth. In Mogadishu, Somalia, he had a meeting with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, in which they discussed security sector reform and economic development. He also met with other politicians and civil society representatives. Security and youth empowerment were also the focus of his discussions in Bangui in the Central African Republic.