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Obama Invites African Leaders to G8 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama has invited the leaders of Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Benin to attend the Group of Eight summit of major economies later this month in the United States.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Ghana's President John Mills, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Benin President Yayi Boni, who is the current chairman of the African Union, will attend the summit for a discussion of food security on May 19 at the U.S. president's mountain retreat - Camp David in Maryland.

The Group of Eight holds a summit each year of the leaders of eight of the world's largest economies - the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. The host of each year's summit frequently invites other leaders for an expanded discussion of specific issues.

Last month, the United States announced it is providing nearly $200 million in additional humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa, where a lack of rain is again threatening food supplies.

The White House said the new aid is designed to prevent the food crisis from escalating in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.  It says poor rains in the region "are expected to have a significant negative impact on crop production."

Last year, the Horn suffered through a severe drought that triggered famine conditions in parts of southern Somalia.  Thousands of Somalis died and tens of thousands more fled to camps in Mogadishu or refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, in search of food and water.

The United States says it has provided more than $1.1 billion in humanitarian aid to the Horn since the crisis began in 2011.

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by: hhi from: mynameis
May 24, 2012 9:48 AM
why is that you VOA didn't post any info what actually happend at G8 summit? I m suprised you didn't have that coverage on your site. If you say you care about Africa, why not writing every bit of information people of Africa needs? Does US really care about Africa?

by: bob
May 06, 2012 10:18 AM
mr.president,would you please rethink about wellcoming african leaders to attend G8 summit since it wont change them to humanity.

by: Booruu Diimaa
May 05, 2012 9:04 AM
Dear, President Obama

Though you are a black you became a president of USA as a result of many years struggle for democracy and freedom. Many were sacrificed to bring the same/. However, today you are supporting African leaders who kill their people, build prisons to stay on power. Please, would you stop all these devastating support. Thank you for your attention.

by: Gadaa Oomo
May 05, 2012 2:50 AM
I am surprising about Obama. Why he invites a number of African leaders to G8? Especially, the most dictator in the horn of Africa like Meles zenawi (Oromo killer). No difference will be seen by Black leaders for Africans. Because they completely lack a positive attitude toward development. Mr. Obama, please see the heart pillars of African people and remember what you have pledged during your election. Still, the African people are killed by dictators of your support.

by: Rivers
May 04, 2012 7:57 PM
Whilst food security is indeed an important topic, stability and security in African countries coupled with good governance is a rarity such as Rwanda, Sierra Leone and others. Until such time as good governance
is functioning, agriculture and other sectors of their economies will not progress and stability remains uncertain for the forseeable future, with little if any hope - how sad.

by: Chanko
May 04, 2012 12:28 PM
This is the time that Africa is being taken seriously more than ever. Thanks to those dynamic and courageous leaders, her democratic people,and the wise leadership of President Obama. The enemies of Africa will (never) stand still to see the sociale economic, political, cultural progresses made. It may cost more sacrifice,but one thing is sure, there is no power which shall ignore Africa's cause and stop her progress. VIVA AFRICA!!!

by: almoros
May 04, 2012 9:59 AM
Please, president OBAMA would advice Ethiopian president to stop his great and continued support to the criminal Omer al-Bashir, the head of mass killings and genocides of millions of innocent Sudanese! Shame on some AU leaders the great supporters and allies of criminals! The time has come to some of You to ever be at the international criminal court! AU has ever been failing AU, but Malawi, Uganda and who will be the NEXT!!!

by: Al
May 04, 2012 8:56 AM
C’mon VOA!! The silence about the HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE of the invitees is so deafening!! Who would be invited next? Al Zawahri?!?! what happened to the real journalism!! ... Oh, I see you don't have enough space to post that piece of information, right?

by: Al
May 04, 2012 8:33 AM
What's so disgusting about this story (to the point I’m about to vomit) is that the attempt by U.S. to OVERLOOK – even worse, PROMOTE - the HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE in Ethiopia. Mr. Obama is basically saying, 'yes, I know Meles kills, tortures, suppresses press freedom - even jams VOA, but I still support this type of TERRORISM'. VOA is not even mentioning any of this on this article!! …lol. So much for the greatest Democracy in the world!!

by: NVO
May 04, 2012 8:27 AM
The so-called "G8" is the group that is pushing for Revelation 13:16. Along with the Clintons, The Rothschilds, The Bilderbergs, The Rockefellers. The list goes on and on...DO NOT BE DECEIVED by these drones of people. DO NOT BE DECEIVED!!!

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