The U.S. First Lady, Jill Biden, says she chose Namibia as the first destination on her Africa tour because of its vibrant democracy.

President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos hosted a luncheon for Dr. Biden at the State House in her honor.

Members of the legislative branch, as well as various political and traditional leaders, attended the luncheon.

Over lunch, Dr. Biden reemphasized that both Namibia and the U.S. share similar values.

She stated that the two countries uphold liberty, democracy, and peace.

However, Biden says the two nations also face similar trials.

"Our futures are connected, we face many of the same challenges, from climate change to economic inequalities to strengthening democracy, which is why the U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit was held in Washington, DC, because it is so important, and yes, I am proud to stand here, standing with a strong democracy working together."

Her visit is a show of support and respect for the African continent, and therefore she did not hesitate when the invitation from First Lady Monica Geingos reached her office.

President Joe Biden says the First Lady has always emphasized the importance of including African leaders and African voices in the discussion of pressing global issues, which will ultimately lead to a free world.

"We must make sure that African countries not only have a voice in organizations like the UN Security Council and the G20, but that those voices are valued as equal partners, working side by side to advance our shared priorities, empower youth, and strengthen global health."

Addressing President Hage Geigob during the luncheon, Dr. Biden praised Dr. Geingob and hailed Namibia as one of the leading countries in terms of gender equality.

"Mr. President, you and your government, which is full of strong women, are setting an example to the world."

Further praising the Geingob administration, Biden noted that the spread of HIV has significantly slowed down.

Though Geingob's term ends in less than two years, Biden encouraged the Head of State to continue his work across the continent.

Jill Biden will depart for Kenya on Friday.

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Office of the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia


Emil Xamro Seibeb