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Michelle Obama to visit South Africa, Botswana

Published on 03/06/2011

US First Lady Michelle Obama will visit South Africa and Botswana later this month on an official visit, accompanied by her daughters Malia and Sasha, the White House said Friday.

The major trip between June 21 and 26 will focus on “youth leadership, education, health and wellness” and will underscore President Barack Obama’s support for democracy and development in Africa, the White House said.

“This visit to two critical countries will underscore that the United States has an important stake in the success of Africa’s many nations and underscore the historic connections between the American people and those who live on the African continent,” a White House statement said.

“South Africa is a vital global partner for the United States, as (a) political leader and economic engine on the continent, and a historic example of democratic transition in Africa and around the world.

“Botswana’s enduring democracy, bolstered by its commitment to using its vast natural resources to invest in its people and grow its economy, models the potential for good governance, and strong institutions to advance prosperous and stable societies.”