U.S. President Joe Biden hosted a White House dinner for visiting heads of state from the African Union and their spouses.
During the dinner, Biden addressed what he called America’s “original sin” – the enslavement of millions of people – and honoured their descendants and the broader African diaspora community in the United States.
“Our people lie at the heart of the deep and profound connection that forever binds Africa and the United States together,” he said. “We remember the stolen men and women and children were brought to our shores in chains, subjected to unimaginable cruelty.”
Before the dinner, Biden told African leaders attending a three-day summit in Washington the United States was “all in” on Africa’s future. He also met leaders from Gabon, Liberia and others facing 2023 elections for a discussion on elections and democratic principles.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the United States is bringing “resources to the table” during the summit, adding that the U.S. commitment to invest in the African continent compares favourably to other countries.
Biden is also expected to back the African Union’s admission as a permanent member of the Group of 20 major economies