DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Basking in an exuberant welcome, President Barack Obama on Monday declared a new era in U.S. relations with Africa based on strategic investment as opposed to charitable aid.
Obama’s visit to Tanzania, the last stop on a three-country tour of the continent, offers him a unique opportunity to meet with a fellow U.S. president hailed for his Africa aid programs. Former President George W. Bush plans to be in the same capital city for a conference on African women organized by his institute.
The presidents’ brief meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, highlights how the U.S. philosophy on relations with the developing continent has evolved since the time when Bush was in office.
Obama praised Bush’s funding for AIDS treatment in particular during a news conference with President Jakaya Kikwete, shortly after his arrival to teeming crowds cheering along his motorcade route.