Clinton to make first visit to South Sudan during Africa trip
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, pictured here on July 23, 2012, sets off Tuesday on an 11-day trip.
July 31st, 2012
04:07 AM ET

Clinton to make first visit to South Sudan during Africa trip

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will this week make her first visit to South Sudan, a nation barely one year old that is locked in a bitter dispute with its northern neighbor, as part of a six-country tour of Africa.

Clinton sets off Tuesday on the 11-day trip, which is intended to emphasize U.S. efforts to strengthen democracy, encourage economic growth and further peace and security in Africa, Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement Monday.

The visit begins in Senegal, a small country on Africa's west coast that has been an outpost of democratic stability in a region with a history of electoral chaos, civil wars and coups.

Despite outbreaks of violence in Senegal earlier this year surrounding former President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to seek a controversial third term in office, power passed peacefully to the eventual victor in the presidential election, Macky Sall.

Clinton will meet with Sall and "deliver a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal's democratic institutions and highlighting America's approach to partnership," Nuland said.

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  1. Philip

    Perhaps Mrs. Clinton can re-enact Sudan's Million Man March to neighboring Chad. Remember?
    As then President Bush was positioning troops to invade Iraq, (as Congress had yet to vote on war) Bushco buddies governing Sudan began doing what the UN called "The worst human rights violations in modern history"...murdering thousands of citizens along with their herd animals. Over 1 million citizens were driven from their homes and into neighboring Chad where they were further rayped and robbed. This you missed, focused on one man: Saddam Hussein and his 9/11 WMDs, you said.
    But you got that madman Saddam Hussein, didn't ya.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Yep we got that evil man but what did it cost us? Thousands of dead and horribly wounded young men and women. Trillions of dollars bankrupting our nation. Plus it changed absolutely nothing in Iraq except their polulation is somewhat less considering all the innocent civilians that we slaughtered. The massive sxpense and deaths are still going on as both wars are unending. I can hardly wait for us to show Iran who is boss. Who really cares about the poor young people anyway? Rich folks kids don't have to go to war so get that Mission Accomplished. .

      August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    We have missed a lot and are missing a lot@Philip. Not just Sudan. mainly the sentiment on the ground in the M.East.

    Our military intrusions in Africa and now drones over Somalia and such.
    Massacre of minorities in India's Assam and the military crack down.Many other events that drive the dynamics beyond our borders.
    No problem we have to focus on getting Assad and Ahmedinidjad.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    A continent forgotten but not by our military.
    We have missed a lot and are missing a lot@Philip. Not just Sudan. mainly the sentiment on the ground in the M.East.

    Our military intrusions in Africa and now drones over Somalia and such.
    Massacre of minorities in India's Assam and the military crack down.Many other events that drive the dynamics beyond our borders.
    No problem we have to focus on getting Assad and Ahmedinidjad.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Yup @banasy.
    The repeat was unintended @Philip.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
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