Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Clinton Tour to Promote US Imperialist Agenda for Africa

Clinton’s Africa Trip to Include Ethiopia Visit

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff
Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New York (Tadias) – The State Department has announced that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be visiting Ethiopia at the end of next week as part of her upcoming Middle East and Africa diplomatic tour.

“In Ethiopia, Secretary Clinton will focus on regional issues, visiting the African Union (AU) headquarters and meeting with AU Chairperson Jean Ping, in addition to bilateral meetings,” Clinton’s Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner said in a statement. “She will also meet with civil society to draw attention to their innovative and enterprising work.”

According to Mr. Toner, Clinton’s trip will begin on June 9th, 2011 in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) where she will attend the meeting of the Libya Contact Group, which was formed back in March at an international ministerial conference in London and includes the nations of France, Britain, the United States, Italy and Qatar, as well representatives of the Arab League, the African Union and the United Nations.

Ms. Clinton will then head to Lusaka, Zambia, on June 10th for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial Forum.

“She will showcase this centerpiece of our trade policy with Africa and engage with government, private sector, and civil society representatives from 37 different countries,” Toner said. “While in Zambia, she will also meet with Zambian President Rupiah Banda and will be participating in events to highlight U.S. government initiatives.”

Per the Deputy Spokesperson: “From there, Secretary Clinton will travel to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. In Tanzania, she will highlight our successful bilateral engagement including a host of programs [such as] Feed the Future (FTF).”

The press statement did not specify Clinton’s date of arrival in Ethiopia.

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