Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Africa

U.S. Department of State - DipNote Blog

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Africa, July 31 through August 10, 2012. On her trip, she will make stops in Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. Throughout the trip, Secretary Clinton 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.

In Senegal, Secretary Clinton will meet President Sall and other national leaders, as well as deliver a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal’s democratic institutions and highlighting America’s approach to partnership.

Following her stop in Senegal, the Secretary will travel to South Sudan to meet with President Kiir and 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, Secretary Clinton will meet with President 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. The Secretary will also highlight U.S. support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Kenya, where she plans to meet President Kibaki, Prime Minister Odinga, and other government officials to emphasize her support for transparent, credible, nonviolent national elections in 2013. Secretary Clinton will also meet with President Sheikh Sharif and other signatories to the Roadmap to End the Transition to underscore U.S. support for completing the political transition in Somalia by August 20.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Malawi to discuss economic and political governance and reform with President Banda.

In South Africa, Secretary Clinton will pay her respects to former President Mandela and participate in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue focusing on the partnership between our two countries in addressing issues of mutual concern and our shared challenges on the African and world stage. Secretary Clinton will be accompanied by a U.S. business delegation.

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