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Obama to make Africa a foreign policy priority

world Updated: Jul 31, 2009 13:45 IST

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be leaving for a 11-day seven nation African safari with the objective of making Africa a top foreign policy priority of the Obama Administration, a top US official said on Friday.



Coming just three weeks after President Barack Obama's successful trip to Ghana, Clinton's tour beginning on August 4


will highlight and underscore US's commitment to make Africa a priority in its foreign policy, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson said.



This is the earliest trip by the Secretary of State and the President to Africa of any previous administration. She would be travelling to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.



The trip will start at the US-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, known mostly as the AGOA Forum, in Nairobi, Kenya, where Clinton will deliver a speech at the ministerial opening ceremony of the forum on August 5.



Carson said during her Africa visit, Clinton will underline America's commitment to partner with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realise their full potential.