Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama will visit Africa starting Wednesday stopping first in Senegal before going to South Africa on Friday and Tanzania on Monday.
Obama’s visit to Senegal will include a trip to the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves) on the island of Goree, a former slave trade outpost, and a meeting with newly elected leader President Macky Sall. The meeting is expected to discuss the issue in neighboring Mali, where French troops battled Islamist rebels who seized control of the northern part of the country in January.
Obama will arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday but a visit to the critically ill former president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela at a Pretoria hospital is not on the itinerary. Mandela’s daughter said her father opened his eyes and smiled when she told him Tuesday of Obama’s visit, according to NBC News.
The South Africa itinerary includes visits to Soweto on Saturday, the Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 30 years, and sites in Cape Town. Obama will speak at the University of Cape Town focusing on a tribute to 94-year-old Mandela.
Monday’s visit to Tanzania include trade talks, including American interest in Tanzania’s untapped natural gas reserves.
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