Obama in Africa, holds talks with Ethiopian PM

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Hailemariam Desalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia warmly welcomed president Obama as the first sitting U.S. President to visit the country. Obama praised Ethiopia’s role in the fight against extremism.

CCTV’s Girum Chala filed this report from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Obama in Africa, holds talks with Ethiopian PM

Hailemariam Desalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia warmly welcomed president Obama as the first sitting U.S. President to visit the country. Obama praised Ethiopia's role in the fight against extremism.

More details:

  • Security was high on the agenda. Just hours before Obama touched down in Addis Ababa on Sunday, Al-Shabaab militants had struck in Mogadishu killing at least 15 people.
  • Ethiopian troops play a major role in combating Al-Shabaab, and Ethiopia’s leader says Addis Ababa and Washington want to do more to stabilize Somalia.
  • Obama said Sunday’s attack showed Al-Shabaab remains a threat, but that the U.S. does not need to send in ground troops. Obama said Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda’s troops were more than capable.