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Barack Obama becomes first US president to visit Ethiopia in African Union visit

Published 26/07/2015

President Barack Obama received flowers at Addis Ababa airport
President Barack Obama received flowers at Addis Ababa airport

President Barack Obama is making the first-ever visit by an American president to Ethiopia.

Mr Obama arrived in the capital of Addis Ababa from Kenya, where he made a historic return to the country of his father's birth. He will meet with Ethiopian leaders and speak at the African Union.

The president has faced criticism for visiting Ethiopia from human rights groups that accuse the government of cracking down on dissent by arresting journalists, opposition party supporters and others.

The White House says Mr Obama will raise human rights while in Ethiopia. Officials have defended the decision to travel to there, noting US counterterrorism cooperation with the East African nation.

While in Ethiopia, Mr Obama will also meet with regional leaders to discuss the crisis in South Sudan.

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