SANTA MARIA, Cape Verde — Winding up an 11-day African tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she is optimistic about Africa's future and voiced no regrets about "tough love" messages she gave to government leaders there.
"I have been overwhelmed," Clinton said at a news conference with Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira Neves of her visit, which also included Kenya, South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Liberia. "I have been filled with hope and I have seen despair. But I come away with an even greater level of commitment than I had before."
Her tour reinforced President Barack Obama's message to Africa calling for leaders to fight corruption, promote democracy, and combat civil strife, disease, violence and squalor.
Clinton praised Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony off the coast of West Africa, as "a model of democracy and economic progress in Africa." She noted that women make up a majority of the Cabinet. "I think the United States can learn a lot from your example," she told Neves.