Hillary Clinton set to visit six African states

Hillary Clinton
Washington, Jul 31: The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is set to leave for Africa on a 10-day tour on Tuesday. According to sources, Clinton's trip will mainly aim at strengthening institutions, improving peace and promoting economic growth. She will visit Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.

Clinton will first visit Senegal where she will meet the President, macky Sall and other national leaders. She will speak on the country's strong democratic institutions and highlight Washington's willingness to forge a partnership with Dakar. From Senegal, Hillary will go to South Sudan and Uganda.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the US Secretary of state will then visit Kenya and is likely to meet President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and other government officials to pledge support for a fair national election next year.

Nuland said Clinton will meet Somalian President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and other signatories to the Roadmap to End of Transition.

Finally in South Africa, Clinton is scheduled to pay respects to former President Nelson Mandela, besides taking part in the US-South Africa Strategic Dialogue which will focus on the partnership between the two countries in addressing issues of mutual concern in Africa and the world.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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