US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will embark on a 11-day African tour on Tuesday covering six nations. During this trip, the Secretary will emphasize U.S. policy commitments outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive - to strengthen democratic institutions, spur economic growth, advance peace and security as well as promote opportunity and development for all citizens, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement.
Clinton's first stop will be Senegal, where she will meet President Macky Sall and other national leaders and deliver a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal's democratic institutions and highlighting America's approach to partnership.
Next, she travels to South Sudan where she meets with President Salva Kiir to reaffirm U.S. support and to encourage progress in negotiations with Sudan to reach agreement on issues related to security, oil and citizenship.
In Uganda, the Secretary meets with President Yoweri Museveni to encourage strengthening of democratic institutions and human rights, while also reinforcing Uganda as a key U.S. partner in promoting regional security, particularly in regard to Somalia and in regional efforts to counter the Lord's Resistance Army. She will also highlight U.S. support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Clinton will then travel to Kenya where she plans to meet President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and other government officials to emphasize her support for transparent, credible, nonviolent national elections in 2013. To underscore U.S. support for completing the political transition in Somalia by August 20th, Secretary Clinton will also meet with President Sheikh Sharif and other signatories to the Roadmap to End the Transition.
The Secretary continues her trip in Malawi, visiting President Joyce Banda to discuss economic and political governance and reform.
In South Africa, in her last stop, Clinton will pay her respects to ex-President Mandela, and to participate in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue focusing on the partnership between the two countries in addressing issues of mutual concern and shared challenges on the African and world stage. The State Secretary will be accompanied by a U.S. business delegation, said the U.S. State Department.
by RTT Staff Writer
For comments and feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org