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President, First Lady to Kick Off Three-Country Tour of Africa

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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. (Courtesy Photo)
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The first couple’s summer vacation will include a trip back to the motherland, according to the White House, as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama embark on a three-country tour of Africa in late June and early July.

Obama and the first lady are preparing for visits to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, where they will meet with leaders, government officials, locals and youth.

The tour is scheduled from June 26 to July 3, and is aimed at reinforcing ties between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. The trip will focus on strengthening economic growth, democratic institutions and African leadership, according to a White House statement.

Obama met with leaders from four African nations in March to discuss trade issues and ways to strengthen the African democracy.

Both the president and first lady have made previous trips to Africa. President Obama visited Ghana during his first term in July 2009 and his wife has traveled to South Africa and Botswana since entering the White House.

Obama has a special tie to Africa, as his father is from Kenya. This will be Obama’s first trip to South Africa as president.