Ethiopia: Obama holds 'historic' talks with AU officials

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting US President Barack Obama Tuesday held historic bilateral talks with the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, saying the discussions concentrated on agriculture, energy and the issue of providing dependable electric power for Africa's rural poor.

"We talked about 'Power Africa' and our energy programmes for Africa," President Obama told journalists from a select group of media organizations, including PANA, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after the talks.

The US President is on a two-country visit to Ethiopia and Kenya, where the issue of trade and economic empowerment of Africa featured prominently.

He also said the talks featured peace and security issues, and that both sides agreed to work together in those areas.

"We also noted all the issues we discussed cannot happen without peace and security," he stressed.

President Obama said the US and the AU would also work together on the crises in South Sudan and Burundi.

He said he was proud to attend the talks with the AUC officials, adding: "I am the first President of the US to visit the AU."

Earlier, while welcoming President Obama, the AUC Chairperson described his visit as ''historic," saying: "Today, there is no America without Africa. We welcome you as President of the US and also claim you as our own."
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28 july 2015 12:07:16

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