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Hillary Clinton to visit Africa next week

world Updated: Jul 31, 2009 19:38 IST
Hillary Clinton to visit Africa next week

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit South Africa next week as part of her seven-nation tour of Africa, BuaNews Reported.

Clinton will begin her tour Aug 5 when she arrives in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, to attend the 8th US-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum).

She will also visit South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.

Her visit highlights President Barack Obama's pledge of making Africa a priority in the US foreign policy, Ian Kelly, spokesman of the public affairs bureau of the US State Department, said Thursday.

Clinton will meet former South African president Nelson Mandela, among others, when she visits the country Aug 6-9, he said.

The US and South Africa will work jointly in the fields of technology, human resource development global peace, among others. She will also discuss the situation in Sudan, the Middle East and Palestine with the African leaders, Kelly said.