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Clinton visit to stress importance of Africa ties

NAIROBI, Kenya — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week visits Africa, where she's expected to show support for the government of Somalia, renew political pressure on Zimbabwe and raise awareness of sexual violence in Congo.

Clinton's 11-day, seven-country tour reflects the range of U.S. strategic interests in Africa — from humanitarian relief to trade agreements — and follows President Barack Obama's brief visit to Ghana last month, when he urged Africans to take greater responsibility for lifting themselves up from poverty, conflict and corruption.

Starting Tuesday, Clinton will visit Kenya, South Africa, Congo, Angola, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde on a tour aimed at "supporting strong and sustainable democratic governments," State Department officials said.

Clinton visit to stress importance of Africa ties 08/02/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 2, 2009 10:30pm]
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