U.S. President Barack Obama has invited Algeria to take part in the first summit of Heads of State USA- Africa , learned today from an APS spokesman of the White House , Mr. Jonathan Lalley .
With the exception of countries that "do not have good relations with the United States " or are " suspended from the African Union ," the U.S. president has invited heads of state from 47 African countries out of 54 account that the continent as well as the President of the Commission of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma.
The White House intends to use this first US-Africa summit, which will take place on 5 and 6 August in Washington, " further strengthen ties with Africa which is one of the most dynamic regions and achieves the the fastest in the world " economic growth , said the source.
Obama will build on the progress made since his trip to Africa last summer and " will advance the objectives of the U.S. government in the areas of trade and investment in Africa, and highlight the commitment of the United States regarding the security of Africa , development of democracy and its people , "said the spokesman of the White House.
This is also the head of the White House to refine its " Presidential Directive policy on Africa" developed in 2012 and whose main objective is to strengthen democratic institutions , economic exchange investments and development. The Directive is based on strengthening the fight against terrorist groups in Africa, cooperation on regional security , prevention against transnational criminal threats and conflicts, and insists on supporting initiatives to promote peace and security .
Thus, the land of Uncle Sam will , too, his own regular summit with Africa, like France, China, India, Turkey, and Japan, which have now already strengthened their diplomatic and economic presence on the continent through such encounters. Faced with this new configuration , the United States does not hide his ambitions to reposition Africa and find the ground gained by their competitors.
At the beginning of his African tour in 2010 , Barack Obama had sought to downplay the rivalry between foreign investors in Africa , arguing that there was no "cold war" underway on the continent. But there are real economic issues and the U.S. president does not seem ready to retreat in the face to the expansionist policy of its competitors.