Washington, June 4: US first lady Michelle Obama will visit South Africa and Botswana later this month to continue her work with young people, the White House said.
Michelle’s official visit – during June 21-26 – would focus on ‘youth leadership, education, health and wellness,’ Xinhua reported citing a White House statement.
The visit to South Africa’s Johannesburg and Cape Town, and Gaborone, capital of Botswana, would ‘amplify the president’s (Barack Obama) support for democracy, development and economic opportunity across Africa’.
‘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,’ the statement said.
It called South Africa a ‘vital global partner’ for the US as well as a ‘historic example of democratic transition’ in Africa and around the world.
The White House added: ‘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.’
The first lady will be accompanied by her mother and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, in her trip.