Vice President Biden met with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa today, on the sidelines of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The Vice President and the President spoke about the significance of the Summit and the importance of U.S. engagement with African countries. In support of economic growth, the two spoke about the need to increase U.S. trade and investment opportunities in South Africa, and about the Administration’s commitment to work with Congress on the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The two also discussed African peacekeeping capabilities, including support for an African rapid response mechanism, to help address peace and security needs on the continent. Additionally, the two exchanged views on the Gaza crisis and Syria.
President Obama speaks to a crowd that includes 50 African leaders, at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum taking place in Washington, D.C. The Business Forum is part of the historic three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which is the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.
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