Clinton to Discuss Regional Security in Uganda

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is traveling to Uganda for talks with President Yoweri Museveni, as she continues a multi-nation tour of Africa.

Clinton will use the talks on Friday to discuss Uganda's role as a key U.S. partner in regional security, as well as to encourage stronger democratic institutions and human rights.

On Wednesday, Clinton warned African leaders that they must respect their people's rights or be destined to lose power.

She said during a speech in Senegal that Africans are demanding change in countries where a small elite prospers while most of the population is stuck in poverty.

“It is time, it is past time, for all leaders to accept accountability, to treat their people with dignity, to respect their rights, to deliver economic opportunity and services for all. ”

She also promoted the new U.S. strategy toward Africa, which she said is based on the goals of spurring development and economic growth, advancing peace and security, and strengthening democratic institutions.

This is Clinton's first trip to sub-Saharan Africa since President Barack Obama announced his new strategy in June.

The agenda also includes scheduled stops in South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. In South Africa, she is due to meet with 94-year-old former president and democracy icon Nelson Mandela.