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USA-Africa Summit drops out Zimbabwe and Egypt

 

By Staff Reporter

USA-Africa Summit thwarts Chinese influence in Africa?

*Obama snubs Mugabe based on death of democracy in Zimbabwe

*Egypt snubbed on the basis that military junta murdered protesters in Cairo but not for overthrowing Morsi

*Harare dismisses this snub as non event

*However Cairo is upset at the snub

*Military junta in Cairo is slowly bringing in much needed reforms after overthrowing Morsi

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

Obama has never liked Mugabe.

 

PRESIDENT Barack Obama will invite 47 leaders to a landmark US-Africa summit in August, seeking to widen US trade, development and security ties with an increasingly dynamic continent to which he traces part of his ancestry.

Obama will send out invites to all African nations that are currently in good standing with the United States or are not suspended from the African Union – meaning there will be no place for states like Egypt or Zimbabwe.

Obama will hold the talks on 5 and 6 August, seeking to cement progress from his trip to Africa last year.

A White House statement said the trip would “advance the administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.”

The idea for the summit, which takes place with Washington increasingly aware of China’s attempt to enhance its diplomatic profile in Africa, was first announced by Obama in a speech in Cape Town in June.

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Egypt has been a strategic friend of USA during Mubarak era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egypt, which has caused the Obama administration to thread a foreign policy needle with an erstwhile ally after a military takeover, is not eligible to attend as it is currently suspended from the African Union.

The United States maintains sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and key officials over suppression of democracy and what Washington sees as politically motivated violence.

Uhuru Kenyatta

Despite ICC trial hanging over his head, USA views Uhuru Kenyatta as an “Leader of the Africans” now that Mandela is gone. Obama is keen for Uhuru to attend the summit.

 

Other notable absentees on the invite list include Sudan and Madagascar.

One notable inclusion is Kenya, where President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently awaiting a delayed trial at the International Criminal Court on charges related to violence after an election in 2007 that left 1 000 people dead.

Original caption: President of Zimbabwe Robert...

As usual ZanuPF has dismissed Obama snub as a non event despite economic crisis gripping Zimbabwe to 2008 proportions

 

 

 

 

 

The indictment has been one of the reasons why Obama is yet to visit the homeland of his late father as president.

But Obama has spoken to Kenyatta on the telephone, and the Kenyan leader has enjoyed more interaction with the outside world since a massacre at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in September claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents.

-NewZimbabwe.com

 

 

 

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