Barack Obama is the first ever US President to address 54-member African Union at its headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. In his two-day visit to Kenya, the US president was greeted at Addis Ababa’s international airport by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
US President is likely to focus on:
- The end of South Sudan’s 19-month-old civil war.
- Combating Muslim terrorists.
- His concerns about the erosion of democratic freedom in Ethiopia.
- He may express his alarm over a clampdown on the media and the jailing of bloggers.
- He may even call for tougher sanctions and a possible arms embargo if the warring factions do not agree on a peace deal.
Fighting in South Sudan has left thousands of people dead and displaced more than two million.