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The Secretary Has Landed! *updated*

August 4, 2009

africaDipnotes is reporting she is wheels down in Nairobi and AFP correspondent, Shaun Tandon, just tweeted that the motorcade has sped away.

I think Shaun is going to be my new best friend for the next two weeks- he just doesn’t know it yet. It’s all good Shaun, we’ll make ‘ya famous! Heh. Oh, I almost forgot, I have another new best friend [who also doesn’t know it yet, won’t they be surprised!], Justin Hartman– he started an amazing Africa news aggregator site, Afrigator, and will have tons of information on Secretary Clinton’s trip in Africa! Check it out, here.

Secretary Clinton Blog's Twitter Page: Ground Zero for new #HillaryAfrica Best Friends!

Secretary Clinton Blog's Twitter Page: Ground Zero for new #HillaryAfrica Best Friends!


I’ll be using this blog, Twitter and Facebook to cover her trip- over in the sidebar is the link to this blog’s Facebook page and you can follow (or stalk) me on Twitter, here.

REMEMBER: Use the #HillaryAfrica hashtag when tweeting about the trip! I’m also kind of loving #hashtag.org for searching for the latest Hillary in Africa tweets.

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CNN is already covering the trip today, as one of their top stories:

The State Department notes it is the earliest trip by a secretary of state and a president to Africa of any previous U.S. administration. In an administration that prides itself on a plethora of “priorities,” officials say they are putting Africa toward the top of the list.

The secretary opens her Africa trip in Nairobi, Kenya, at the U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, delivering a speech Wednesday at the forum’s ministerial opening ceremony…

[snip]

There are some trouble spots on the secretary’s trip, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa is one of them. For more than 15 years, eastern Congo was torn by civil strife and massive use of rape. Clinton will meet with some of the victims of that violence to underscore the United States’ commitment ending gender-based violence.

In Nigeria, Secretary Clinton will see what the State Department calls “probably the most important country in sub-Saharan Africa.” With 140 million people, it is a major source of petroleum imports for the United States. The secretary will discuss security in West Africa, democratic development, fighting corruption and promoting economic development with the Nigerian government.

In Liberia, founded by slaves from the United States, Clinton will reaffirm U.S. support for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the only female African president. Besieged by violent conflict for 20 years, the West African nation, still fragile, now is strengthening its democracy, and Clinton will highlight development assistance.

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  1. pcfs permalink
    August 4, 2009 1:54 pm

    Good luck and best wishes for a wonderful journey in Africa. Madam Secretary is going to do great things in Africa.

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