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Obama Wishes Speedy Recovery for Mandela

June 12, 2013
Nelson Mandela

U.S. President Barack Obama is wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery, White House said on Tuesday.

"He (Obama) and the first lady and we all are concerned about Nelson Mandela's health and wish him and his family well and hope that he recovers," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.

Carney's statement came after Mandela was admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg for a recurrence of lung infection Saturday morning.

This is the fourth time Mandela has been hospitalized since December 2012. South African officials said that the 94-year-old Mandela was in a "serious but stable" condition.

Obama and first lady Michelle will start an African trip later this month, which covers South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania. Obama met with Mandela when he was still a U.S. senator.

But at the briefing, Carney declined to say whether Obama will go to see Mandela when he visits South Africa.

"I don't have any specifics on the schedule that's still coming together to provide to you," he told reporters.

Source: Copyright China Economic Information Service (Xinhua) 2013

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