Obama to Host African Leaders Summit in Washington

Obama to Host African Leaders Summit in Washington

President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will hold an African leaders summit in Washington this summer.

The White House says the summit will focus on strengthening economic and trade ties with leaders from one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. The gathering will also focus on security issues and democracy development on the African continent.

The White House says the summit aims to build on progress made during Obama’s three-country trip to Africa last year.

The summit will be held Aug. 5-6. The White House did not say which African leaders planned to attend.

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