Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Africa

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July 31, 2012
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Africa, July 31 through August 10, 2012. On her trip, she will make stops in Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. Throughout the trip, Secretary Clinton will emphasize U.S. policy commitments outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive -- to strengthen democratic institutions, spur economic growth, advance peace and security, as well as promote opportunity and development for all citizens.

In Senegal, Secretary Clinton will meet President Sall and other national leaders, as well as deliver a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal's democratic institutions and highlighting America's approach to partnership.

Following her stop in Senegal, the Secretary will travel to South Sudan to meet with President Kiir and to reaffirm U.S. support and to encourage progress in negotiations with Sudan to reach agreement on issues related to security, oil, and citizenship.

In Uganda, Secretary Clinton will meet with President Museveni to encourage strengthening of democratic institutions and human rights, while also reinforcing Uganda as a key U.S. partner in promoting regional security, particularly in regard to Somalia and in regional efforts to counter the Lord's Resistance Army. The Secretary will also highlight U.S. support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Kenya, where she plans to meet President Kibaki, Prime Minister Odinga, and other government officials to emphasize her support for transparent, credible, nonviolent national elections in 2013. Secretary Clinton will also meet with President Sheikh Sharif and other signatories to the Roadmap to End the Transition to underscore U.S. support for completing the political transition in Somalia by August 20.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Malawi to discuss economic and political governance and reform with President Banda.

In South Africa, Secretary Clinton will pay her respects to former President Mandela and participate in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue focusing on the partnership between our two countries in addressing issues of mutual concern and our shared challenges on the African and world stage. Secretary Clinton will be accompanied by a U.S. business delegation.



New S.
New York, USA
August 1, 2012

New York Coalition for Darfur and All Sudan in New York writes:

When in South Sudan, please speak out regarding North Sudan attacks on civilians in border regions of Sudan (S. Kordofan and Blue Nile) and denial of aid to civilians in these areas. Please meet with displaced from these areas and representatives of human rights groups. Let the regime in Khartoum know that it cannot attack civilians with impunity and call on them to stop detention of activists and release all currently in custody.

Ekenyerengozi C.
August 1, 2012

Ekenyerengozi Michael C. in Nigeria writes:

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on a 10-day seven-nation African tour and Nigeria is not included. But The Punch newspaper reported Wednesday August 1, 2012, that she is shunning Nigeria.

If Nigeria is not on her list of selected countries on this African tour that does not mean she has deliberately avoided Nigeria. Mrs. Clinton has visited Nigeria before and her last visit was quite an official trip that she even had the time to be a special guest on Moments With Mo, a popular TV Show.

If she is visiting only six countries, does this mean she is avoiding the remaining 48 countries? Or The Punch expects her to visit all the countries in 10 days?! And must she come to Nigeria whenever she is visiting Africa?

New Mexico, USA
August 2, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Dipnote bloggers,

Six month left in her term as Secretary of State, looking like it's going to be a sprint to the finish and a million miles traveled in public service..

It may be a small thing, but methinks she's perhaps setting her successor up for a wee bit of an honorable and friendly challenge...a-la; "Top this official milage log why don't ya?"

Also gotta note Amb. Crocker's worthy service in Afghanistan is worth suggesting you'all send him an invite to post his parting thoughts on Dipnote; as to what condition Afghanistan's condition is in, and where he sees the trends point towards in search of Afghan reconciliation.



@ E. Michael C. in Nigeria,

Crunch the numbers,...200 some-odd nations on Earth, minus a handful the US does not have diplomatic relations with;

4 years = 1460 days

In order for the Sec of State to visit 195 countries (once apiece) in that time span , she'd have to visit 1 country every 7.49 days.

I think "The Punch" should ask themselves if they could handle perpetual jet lag on an iteniary like that and even survive in the process of not trying to offend anyone or be percieved as "shunning" them.

I agree totally with what you said, and hopefully those who take offense will crunch the numbers for themselves and figure it out.

Best regards,



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