Hillary Clinton to visit South Sudan on Africa tour
Washington (Alshahid)-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit troubled South Sudan on an 11-day Africa trip starting this week aimed at spurring economic growth, peace and security, the State Department announced on Monday.
In the trip from July 31 to August 10, the top US envoy will reiterate US commitments to strengthening democracy, spurring economic growth, advancing peace and security as well as promoting opportunity and development for all African citizens, the department said.
It will take her to at least six African nations, including the world’s newest country, South Sudan, plus Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. She starts the tour in Senegal, where U.S. officials say she will give a speech warning African states about the potential perils of Chinese investment, which many development experts claim enriches China at Africa’s expense.
She will meet with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni “to encourage strengthening of democratic institutions and human rights.”
Talks will also focus on Somalia and efforts to combat the Lord’s Resistance Army.
In Kenya, she will meet with top officials, and “to underscore US support for completing the political transition in Somalia by August 20, Secretary Clinton will also meet with President Sheikh Sharif.”
Clinton will also meet with signatories to the Roadmap to End the Transition to underscore the US support for the political transition in Somalia.
Under the roadmap, Somalia should end the transitional period by Aug. 20 and hold national elections this year.