Obama to be first sitting U.S. President to visit Ethiopia

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US President Barack Obama plays with a "soccket" ball, a soccer ball that captures the energy during game play to charge LEDs and small batteries, alongside Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete (L) on July 2, 2013 during a demonstration at the Ubungo Plaza Symbion Power Plant in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama kicks around an energy-generating soccer ball at a power plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Tuesday, July 2. Obama was pushing for partnerships in energy as he concluded a three-nation trip to Africa. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, third from right, joined Obama at the Symbion Power Plant at Ubungo.

The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will travel to Ethiopia late next month, the first sitting U.S. President to do so.

While in Ethiopia, Obama will participate in bilateral meetings with the Governments of Ethiopiaand with the leadership of the African Union

This visit “will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit by strengthening ties with our African partners and highlighting America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa,” said Press Secretary Josh Earnest in a statement.

US President Barack Obama will visit Ethiopia next month immediately after his trip to Kenya.

A statement from the White House says he will meet the “government of Ethiopia” and the “leadership of the African Union”, it adds that Mr Obama will be the first sitting US head of state to travel to Ethiopia and visit the AU headquarters.

The visit is about “strengthening ties with our African partners”, the White House says.Barack Obama

President Obama hosted African leaders in Washington last July

Obama Africa tour pictures:

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Source: AFP

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