President Obama Becomes First Sitting U.S. President to Visit Ethiopia

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on Sunday, July 26th, 2015 becoming the first-ever sitting President of the United States to visit Ethiopia. (Getty Images)

Associated Press

By Julie Pace 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama is making the first-ever visit by an American president to Ethiopia.

Obama arrived in the capital of Addis Ababa from Kenya, where he made a historic return to the country of his father’s birth. He’ll meet with Ethiopian leaders and speak at the African Union.

The president has faced criticism for visiting Ethiopia from human rights groups that accuse the government of cracking down on dissent by arresting journalists, opposition party supporters and others.

The White House says Obama will raise human rights while in Ethiopia. Officials have defended the decision to travel to there, noting U.S. counterterrorism cooperation with the East African nation.

While in Ethiopia, Obama will also meet with regional leaders to discuss the crisis in South Sudan.

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