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Clinton Meets Mandela in South Africa

Aug. 7, 2012
Hillary Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday met privately with Nelson Mandela in his hometown of Qunu, in South Africa's Eastern Cape.

Clinton's meeting with the former president was "a private matter," according to US embassy officials in South Africa. It was followed by a lunch with the former anti-apartheid hero - who at the age of 94 and in declining health, rarely receives visitors.

Following the lunch with the Nobel peace prize laureate and his wife Graca Machel, Clinton was expected to make a brief visit to a business forum for emerging markets - including Brazil, China and South Africa - before meeting diplomats in Johannesburg.

Clinton's 11-day African tour will draw to a close at the end of the week, after visits to Nigeria, Benin and Ghana, where she will attend the funeral of the late President John Atta Mills.

So far she has visited Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Malawi on her tour.

In Malawi on Sunday she praised President Joyce Banda for implementing economic reforms since taking office after the death of her predecessor earlier this year.

Clinton was in Kenya on Saturday, where she met with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and other Somali officials ahead of the UN's August 20 deadline for drafting a constitution and electing a parliament and president.

In South Sudan, Clinton became the most senior US official to visit the country, which is grappling with border tensions with Sudan, from which it became independent last year.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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