Clinton Visits Mandela During South Africa Stop

Posted August 6th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in South Africa, where she is meeting with former president Nelson Mandela on the latest leg of her African tour.

Clinton traveled to the village of Qunu Monday for talks with the anti-apartheid hero, who led South Africa while Clinton's husband served as U.S. president.

Clinton will spend several days in South Africa, with an agenda that also includes talks with government officials.

She traveled there from Malawi, where on Sunday she praised President Joyce Banda for making key reforms since taking office in April.

Clinton said Ms. Banda's policies have helped boost the impoverished country's economy. The reforms prompted the United States to restore aid to Malawi.

Ms. Banda took office after the sudden death of her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika. She is Malawi's first woman president.

Ms. Banda said she had looked forward to meeting Clinton, and that they both have long been advocates for women and children.

After her stop in South Africa, the U.S. envoy will travel to Nigeria, Benin and Ghana.

Clinton's trip has already included stops in Senegal, Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya.