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Clinton arrives Abuja today

By Lawani Mikairu with agency reports
LAGOS—United States, US, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton arrives Abuja today for an official visit to Nigeria. She is expected to touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja later in the night in continuation of her 11-day tour of seven Africa countries.

Hillary Clinton arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday where she spoke on the country’s deadly civil conflict.

While in Congo, Mrs Clinton called for an end to rights abuses, including mass rapes reportedly carried out by rebels and government troops.

Mrs Clinton, on a seven-nation tour of Africa, was in Angola earlier. She promised US oil firms would give greater help to Angola’s other sectors, especially agriculture.

She also held 45 minutes of talks with President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who told reporters moments after that he was committed to a “timely” presidential election, which would be the country’s first since 1992.
On her arrival in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, Mrs Clinton visited a newly-built hospital.

The BBC’s East Africa correspondent, Will Ross says the modern facility is in stark contrast to the rest of the country’s dilapidated health system.

But the hospital was not built by the government – its construction was paid for by Dikembe Mutombo, a Congolese basketball star who made his name in the US.

Today, Mrs Clinton will meet President Joseph Kabila in the eastern town of Goma, where the focus will be on ending human rights atrocities including mass rape.

According to reports, the US and the rest of the international community realise that if stability can be brought to DR Congo, it could have a positive impact on a vast swathe of Africa. The country borders eight other nations, and its conflicts have frequently spilled over its borders.

The US is a major aid donor and has helped the country in some of its recent successes like the elections of 2006 and the thawing of relations with Rwanda.

Mrs Clinton has already visited South Africa and Kenya as part of the trip, her longest foreign tour since taking office. She will be in   Nigeria and also visit Liberia and Cape Verde.


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