Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in South Africa

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On August 6, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to South Africa, where she met with former South African President Nelson Mandela and participated in theU.S.-South Africa Business Partnership Summit. In Johannesburg on August 7, Secretary Clinton held a bilateral meeting with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and participated in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue.

The U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue focused on the partnership between the United States and South Africa in addressing issues of mutual concern and our shared challenges on the African and world stage. Secretary Clinton said, “My visit here is the centerpiece of a trip that began in Senegal, continued in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and Malawi. It will conclude with visits to Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin. And at every stop, I had the same message: America wants to build sustainable partnerships in Africa. As the Minister said, this is the message of President Obama’s recently published strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa, and it is one that I and my colleagues work every day to achieve. And nowhere is that more true or more important than here in South Africa. We are building a partnership that adds value — saving and improving lives, spreading opportunity and sparking economic growth, strengthening the institutions of democracy, and so much more.”

Secretary Clinton also met with AU Chair-Designate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and U.S. and South African business leaders in Johannesburg.

On August 8, Secretary Clinton spoke at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, where she discussed the United States-South Africa Partnership. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton said, “In this pivotal time, the United States of America is committed to supporting you. As President Barack Obama said so memorably in Ghana in 2009, the nations of Africa need partnership, not patronage; not strongmen, but strong institutions. And the United States seeks to build sustained partnerships that help African nations, including this one, to fulfill your own aspirations.”

Secretary Clinton continued, “…In each of these four areas — development, economic growth, peace and security, democracy and human rights — South Africa already embodies so many of the values that the world is looking for. And we look forward to deepening our cooperation. But let us remember no country’s influence is a birthright — not America’s and not South Africa’s. We have our own work cut out for us to keep moving toward and trying to achieve the unachievable more perfect union, to live up to our values, to use our influence and power to help others achieve their own dreams. And if South Africa is to achieve the full measure of your own ambition, you too must face and solve your own challenges in health and education, economic inequality, unemployment, race relations, gender-based violence, the issues that you live with and must address.”

While in Cape Town, the Secretary also visited the Delft South Clinic. During her visit to the Delft South Clinic, Secretary Clinton said, “Since 2003, our countries have worked side by side through the U.S. initiative known as PEPFAR. Our collaboration has been vast and effective. The United States has provided $3.2 billion U.S. dollars to support South Africa’s comprehensive response to the epidemic. And look at the results. Together, through our joint efforts, more than 1.2 million South Africans began treatment for HIV, and 2.4 million people with HIV have received care. Nearly 15 million people were tested during last year’s national testing campaign. And I, too, wish to applaud everyone who has worked so hard to bring down the rate of mother-to-child transmission. It’s now down to a remarkable 2.7 percent, and we want to work with you to bring it to zero — so no baby is every born with the virus.”

Secretary Clinton is on travel to Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa July 31 through August 10. You can follow her trip to Africa onwww.state.gov.

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