A Guide to Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

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What Are We Bringing to the Table?

Other nations hold summits with African leaders, Rhodes acknowledged. "We very much wanted this summit to be focused on the distinct and U.S.-African partnership. And what we believe is unique about the American contribution is our focus on African capacity-building and integrating Africa into the global economy and security order." And according to Obama, "Africa also happens to be one of the continents where America is most popular and people feel a real affinity for our way of life. He also said that America's relationship with Africa includes not just traditional aid but also "partnering and thinking about how we can trade more and how we can do business together... [which] is the kind of relationship that Africa is looking for."

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