Obama Meets with Ethiopian Leaders on Historic State Visit
President Barack Obama is spending all day meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart in that nation's capital on the first state visit by a US president to the East African powerhouse. Terrorism, development and human rights are sure to be raised in discussions between the two leaders.
President Barack Obama has a lot to talk about with his counterpart, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, as the two meet in Ethiopia's capital.
Terrorism tops the agenda, especially in light of a recent terror attack in the capital of neighboring Somalia.
Development is also high on the agenda. Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, has been rapidly expanding. And the economy of this country has been seeing double digit growth for the last few years.
But Mr. Obama has also warned that he will not mince words on things that are important to him, like human rights, a sore spot for Ethiopia as the regime has been accused of numerous abuses in recent years, including stifling of the press and harassment of dissidents.
These are all sure to make for interesting discussions on Mr. Obama's historic state visit to Ethiopia.
Some Fighting Continues in Yemen Despite Truce
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen are on hold Monday at the start of a five-day humanitarian truce, although intense ground fighting continues in some areas after Houthi rebels rejected the cease-fire.
Rebel attacks were reported Monday in parts of the south of the country.
The coalition that has been fighting the Iranian-allied Houthi Shi'ite rebels with air attacks for the past four months declared the temporary truce to allow badly needed emergency supplies into Yemen.
On Sunday, Houthi chief Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said a cease-fire would only benefit Islamic State and al-Qaida militants. "The battle goes on and the war is not over," al-Houthi was quoted as saying on his group's Twitter account.