Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Obama to visit Africa in July

By News Express on 21/06/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,377


US President Barack Obama will in late July become the first sitting American leader to visit Ethiopia and the headquarters of the African Union, the White House said Friday.

Obama will meet both the Ethiopian government and AU leaders, for talks on how to “accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security.”

The election of the United States’ first black president – and the first with an African parent – raised high hopes on the continent, but Obama has been a cautious friend.

In August last year, the White House hosted a huge Washington summit of African leaders and the upcoming July trip is intended to build on progress towards closer economic ties.

A presidential visit to Kenya had been put on ice while President Uhuru Kenyatta faced charges of crimes against humanity for his role in 2007-2008 post-election violence.

The International Criminal Court has since suspended that prosecution, citing a lack of evidence and Kenya's failure to cooperate.

Human rights groups have questioned the visit to Kenya, but are also asking why Obama is visiting Ethiopia so soon after a contested election.

Africa's second most populous nation held a vote in May that was described by many independent observers as flawed.

The governing party, which has ruled for over two decades, won a landslide, amid opposition allegations of intimidation and vote rigging.

“The decision by President Obama to travel to Ethiopia, which has seen three opposition party members murdered this week alone, is very troubling,” Jeffrey Smith of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights told AFP.

Smith said the timing, and the symbolism of Obama's trip, would "further solidify the image that America stands behind Africa's autocrats."

The White House stressed that it frequently addresses issues of democracy and political rights with countries in the region.

“We regularly, both in public and in private, communicate our concerns about some of the issues,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

“I don’t think that is going to stop because of this visit.”

Ethiopia and Kenya have both been on the frontline of the fight against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-allied militia Shebab, and have been important security partners to Washington.

Shebab units have been hunted by African Union troops and US drones inside Somalia – but have outflanked the Kenyan contingent in Somalia to mount a string of gruesome cross-border raids.

In April last year the group attacked a university in Garissa, Kenya killing 148 people – most of them students. (AFP)

•Photo shows US President Obama.

Source News Express

Posted 21/06/2015 06:12:01 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Save Lagos Group carpets Ambode, vows to occupy...

Striking aviation workers to ground flight operations Monday...

Oni of Ife unveils 25-year-old Prophetess as new...

APC backs Amaechi to spend N30B out of...

Delta guber: Ogboru’s fate depends on outcome of...

BREAKING: Explosions shake Maiduguri

Jonathan leading Nigeria towards doom —APC •Condemns media...

NYSC, CBN, BoI to float loan scheme for...

Motorcyclists, tricyclists in Katsina get 2 months to...

11 emaciated kids rescued from filthy, heavily armed...

Police arrest 8 for alleged attack on Governor...

Massive shake-up in Immigration; 207 top officers redeployed...

 

Latest News How military favoured the North, cheated the South ― Ex-APC Chairman Bisi Akande Boko Haram kills 8 near Maiduguri Angry APC members block Kaduna-Abuja highway, protest alleged automatic tickets Why Nigerian workers ‘should be clapping’ for us ― FG Hamman Tukur, father of FG’s monetisation policy, is dead LASG votes N25bn for empowerment programmes Canada running out of marijuana two days after it became legal Wike raises alarm over alleged intimidation of judiciary Police bans use of tinted glasses, cover plate number No plan to dump APC, says Senator Abe •Insists still very much in the Rivers guber race FG reintegrates 254 ex-Boko Haram members, 3 foreigners Ebola: Over 150 people dead in Congo

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (408,023 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (383,110 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (315,486 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (258,425 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (237,992 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,732 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,517 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (185,951 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (170,742 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (166,134 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,797 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,541 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (69) Business & Economy (3,700) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (949) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (560) Features (660) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,554) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,783) Opinion (1,125) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,319) Religion (881) Sports (1,736) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement