A press release from the US State Department informs that this African tour is aimed at “demonstrating the United States of America’s commitment to good governance and economic development in the African region.”
In Cape Verde, Secretary of State Clinton will meet with Prime Minister José Maria Neves to discuss cooperation on regional issues such as the fight against drug trafficking, good governance, solid economic policies and the second Millennium Challenge Corporation compact with Cape Verde.
In Liberia, the US Secretary of State will attend the swearing in of Elaine Sirleaf to her second term as President, and will preside over the inauguration of the new United States Embassy in Monrovia.
In Ivory Coast, Clinton will meet with President Alassane Ouattara to demonstrate the United States’ support of the national reconciliation process and of the strengthening of democratic institutions following the legislative elections of December 2011.
In her first visit to Togo, Hillary Clinton will meet with President Fauré to demonstrate the United States’ support of the democratic process and of economic reforms in the country, and congratulate Togo for its recent election to the United States Security Council, where it will hold a rotating seat in 2012 and 2013.