Photo of the Week: Remembering a Statesman

Posted by Aaron C. Bruce
August 17, 2012
Mourners Hold a Photo of Late President Mills With President Obama

This week's "Photo of the Week" comes to us from the U.S. Embassy in Ghana and shows a group of Ghanaians waving flags and holding a photograph of the late President John Atta Mills with President Barack Obama. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently traveled to Ghana, where she attended the State Funeral of President Mills.

In a statement, Secretary Clinton said, "President Mills made a significant contribution to Ghana's democracy and development, and forged a strong and positive partnership with the United States. As the third president of modern Ghana, he worked to strengthen his country's democratic institutions and to expand prosperity for all of its people. He promoted regional peace and reinforced Ghana's reputation as a leader in Africa. President Mills was a champion for his nation and his loss will be felt around the world."

During President Obama's visit to Ghana in 2009, he outlined a vision for human rights and democracy in Africa's future and described what America's role in promoting better governance in Africa will be. Earlier this year, President Obama signed a new Presidential Policy Directive on the region and committed the United States to a forward-looking strategy in which we will work closely with our African partners to advance the prosperity, security, and dignity that citizens deserve. During Secretary Clinton's recent travel to Africa, she underscored these points and made clear the United States' commitment to the continent.

For more information on U.S. engagement with Africa, please visit the Bureau of African Affairs' web page and follow the bureau on Facebook and Twitter.

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