Posted : Sun, 09 Aug 2009 13:38:44 GMT
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Category : Africa (World)
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【出展引用リンク】：【Clinton in Angola for talks on energy, human rights - Update】
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Luanda - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Angola on Sunday for a 24-hour visit during which the subject of oil is expected to be the main topic of discussion. Angola is the third stage of her seven-country Africa tour that began in Kenya on Tuesday.
The oil-rich southern African country has made efforts of late to surpass Nigeria as Africa's main sub-Saharan provider. It is also a major supplier of oil to the United States.
Clinton is also expected to touch on the question of human rights. She recently received an open letter from multiple Angolan human rights groups and celebrities asking her to address the state of the country's democracy.
"There's a belief taking shape globally, that Angola has made great democratic progress. In reality, people with different ideas (than those of the administration) are harassed and arrested. There is no freedom of assembly," said David Mendes of Associacao Maos Livres (The Association of Free Hands) said in the letter.
He noted that China, which is also interested in Angola's natural resources, is gaining more political and business influence in the country. "And everyone knows that China does not respect human rights."
On Sunday, Clinton is scheduled to meet with Angola's foreign and energy ministers and host a roundtable meeting with the National Assembly in Luanda before talks on Monday with the president of 30 years, Eduardo dos Santos.
Angola is a staunch ally of China, a rival of the US in the battle for influence and business in Africa. It is China's biggest supplier of oil.
The US gets only about 7 per cent of its oil from the country, where it backed right-wing rebels against the Soviet-backed ruling MPLA during a 27-year civil war that broke out after independence from Portugal in 1974 and left nearly 500,000 dead.
After Angola, Clinton continues her tour in Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.
Clinton's plane touched down after a short flight from South Africa, where she spent two days meeting with political, business and community leaders in order to improve relations that faltered during the presidencies of George W Bush and Thabo Mbeki.
Under the new US and South African administrations, relations would move "to a higher level," President Jacob Zuma said after meeting Clinton on Saturday in Durban.
Zimbabwe featured prominently in her talks with Zuma and Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Clinton called for more support for reformists in Zimbabwe and made clear that targeted US sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and his allies would remain, despite repeated calls from South Africa for the sanctions to be lifted.
She also visited former presidents and Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, toured health and housing projects and addressed business leaders about trade opportunities, with the US and with other African countries. Copyright, respective author or news agency
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