US President Barack Obama has landed in Ethiopia, beginning a two-day stay and becoming the first American leader to visit the country.
Air Force One touched down at Addis Ababa’s international airportyesterday 26th July after a short flight north from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, with the president greeted on the tarmac by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
The visit will include talks with the Ethiopian government, a key strategic ally but criticised for its record on democracy and human rights. Obama will also become the first US president to address the African Union, the 54-member continental bloc.
He will also hold talks with regional leaders on the civil war in South Sudan.
President Barack Obama with Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn
US President Barack Obama (center) greets Ethiopian government officials upon his arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa
Photo Credit: AFP Photo/Saul Loeb
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