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Assistant Secretary Molly Phee to Provide Insights on Recent State Department Visits to Africa

Tinashe Mupasiri



Molly Phee, a distinguished career member of the Senior Foreign Service and the current U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, is set to deliver a comprehensive readout of the recent State Department visits to the African continent. Sworn in on September 30, 2021, as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Phee brings a wealth of diplomatic experience to the forefront.

Molly Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs of the United States

Having served as the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation in her most recent role, Molly Phee’s diplomatic journey includes notable positions such as U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan from 2015 to 2017. Her extensive career also encompasses key roles, such as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.

The upcoming briefing, scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 8:30 AM in Washington D.C., will be a platform for Assistant Secretary Molly Phee to provide insights into Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent visit to Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Angola from January 20 to 25, 2024.

Assistant Secretary Phee will delve into the goals of continued U.S. engagement in Africa and shed light on the commitments made at last year’s Africa Leaders’ Summit. This virtual event aims to foster transparency and understanding of the United States’ strategic objectives on the African continent.

To attend the briefing, interested parties are encouraged to RSVP by clicking here. Upon confirmation, login details for the virtual event will be shared, ensuring secure and seamless participation.

The carefully scheduled timing of the briefing accommodates various time zones: 8:30 AM in Washington D.C., 13:30 PM in London, 14:30 PM in Brussels, and 15:30 PM in Johannesburg.

With her extensive background in diplomacy and a commitment to conflict resolution and peacemaking, Molly Phee is expected to articulate the United States’ dedication to fostering positive and mutually beneficial relationships with African nations. The briefing serves as an opportunity for open dialogue, reinforcing the United States’ commitment to collaboration and partnership with the African continent.

Assistant Secretary Molly Phee’s notable achievements, including receiving the Distinguished Honor Award, the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award, the Baker-Wilkins Award, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Order of the British Empire Award, and a Presidential Rank Award, underscore her commitment to diplomatic excellence. Fluent in Arabic, Ambassador Phee’s insights promise to provide a nuanced perspective on the United States’ engagement with Africa.

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