Obama to visit Africa for first time since 2009

President Obama will return to Africa this summer for the first time since his first year in office, the White House announced Monday.

The June 26 – July 3 trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania aims to “reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa,” according to the White House.

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This is only the president's second trip to sub-Saharan Africa in the four and a half years he's been in office: Obama visited Ghana and Egypt in 2009, but hasn't been back since.

The trip is expected to focus on increasing U.S. trade and investment and boosting African economies and democratic institutions. First lady Michelle Obama will travel with him.

Here's the full announcement: 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Africa

President Obama and the First Lady look forward to traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from June 26 - July 3.  The President will reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders.

The President will meet with a wide array of leaders from government, business, and civil society, including youth, to discuss our strategic partnerships on bilateral and global issues.  The trip will underscore the President’s commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity.

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