Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Dakar, Senegal on August 1, 2012. The Secretary met with President Macky Sall and other national leaders, as well as delivered a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal's democratic institutions and highlighting America's approach to partnership.
During her remarks, Secretary Clinton said, "...Throughout my trip across Africa this week, I will be talking about... a model of sustainable partnership that adds value rather than extracts it. That's America's commitment to Africa. The Obama Administration's comprehensive strategy on Sub-Saharan Africa is based on four pillars: first, to promote opportunity and development; second, to spur economic growth, trade, and investment; third, to advance peace and security; and fourth, to strengthen democratic institutions."
Secretary Clinton continued, "We want to advance your aspirations and our shared values. We want to help more people in more places live up to their own God-given potentials. We want this to be our mutual mission. That is the work we are called to do in the 21st century. It is a race, a race between hope and fear, a race between potential realized and despair imbued in every pore of one's body. It is a race that we are in between those who believe as you and we believe, that there is an unlimited future for those who are willing to work together.
"So thank you, Senegal. Thank you for what you have done in your own country. Thank you for being a model in this region, a champion of democracy, a force for peace, prosperity, and progress. And thank you for being a partner and a friend to the United States of America."
Secretary Clinton is on travel to Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa. You can follow her trip to Africa on www.state.gov.
You can read more about the U.S. strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa here.