US President Barack Obama arrives in Addis Ababa

President Barack Obama received flowers upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole Airport

Addis Ababa (AFP) – US President Barack Obama landed in Ethiopia on Sunday, beginning a two-day stay and becoming the first American leader to visit Africa’s second most populous nation.

President Barack Obama received flowers upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole Airport

Air Force One touched down at Bole international airport after a short flight north from the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The president was greeted by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn before the 25-car convoy left for the US embassy.

The visit will include talks with the Ethiopian government, a key strategic ally but criticised for its record on democracy and human rights.

Obama will also become the first US president to address the African Union at its gleaming Chinese-built headquarters, with remarks that may touch on Africa’s democracy deficit.

He will also hold talks with regional leaders on the civil war in South Sudan.

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US President Barack Obama arrives in Addis Ababa

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