Joe Biden made his first call as U.S. president to an African leader last week, speaking with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In November as president-elect, he called South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa. And in January, Biden addressed the African Union Summit via video.
The omission of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari from the U.S. leader’s call list “reflects not only America’s diplomatic priorities but Nigeria’s estimation at a time the continent’s largest democracy faces staggering domestic problems,” according to a report by that country’s leading online news outlet, Premium Times.
Vice President Kamala Harris is also taking a leading role in U.S.-Africa relations.
On January 26, she had a call with the incoming head of the African Union, DR Congo President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi.