Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began an 11 day visit to Africa that includes stops in seven key African countries including: Kenya, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Angola. The trip comes on the heels of President Obama’s visit to Ghana in June and sends the message that the administration considers Africa a key foreign policy priority. Ernest Aryeetey, director of the Africa Growth Initiative, says African nations view Secretary Clinton’s trip so early in her term as a smart move, adding her visit there instills a sense of optimism about U.S.-Africa relations.
"I think it is absolutely the right thing to do to consult with Aung San Suu Kyi and make sure that we don't get out of ahead of her and don't get too far behind her. This is a country that has so many problems. It is hard for Americans, I believe, to even imagine the number of problems, the difficulty, the complexity of the problems she faces as the leader of this country."