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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 10:58

First serving US President visit in Ethiopia

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Barack Obama, the first serving US president to visit Ethiopia landed in Addis Ababa on Jul.26/2015. On Sunday American flags pop up on Addis Ababa’s main Bole Road thoroughfare, alongside posters bearing Obama’s smiling face.
Obama’s talks with Hailemariam Desalegn at the national palace, brought a very serious agenda to Ethiopia: terrorism, development and investment dominating his discussions with Ethiopia’s government and with leaders at the African Union.

Ethiopia has long been praised for its rapid, double-digit economic growth, for its efficient use of international donor funds and for its success in keeping Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group at bay. Al-Shabab strikes often in its home country of Somalia, and has also hit targets in neighboring Kenya and as far afield as Uganda. But Ethiopia, which shares a long border with Somalia, has managed to stay off attacks.
The Ethiopian prime minister noted a century of diplomatic ties with the United States but said the U.S. "investment flow doesn't match". He noted that America was a leader in science and technology, which could help Africa.
On Tuesday, Obama is expected to address the whole continent from Chinese-built AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, current chair of the AU, will not be attending.

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