Obama wishes Mandela well

Comment on this story


IOL pic mar29 nelson mandela file 2007

Washington - United States President Barack Obama sent his best wishes on Thursday to South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, who is being treated in a hospital for a recurring lung infection, and called the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader an inspiration.

“He is as strong physically as he's been in character and in leadership over so many decades, and hopefully he will come out of this latest challenge,” Obama told reporters at the White House while meeting with four visiting African leaders.

“When you think of a single individual that embodies the kind of leadership qualities that I think we all aspire to, the first name that comes up is Nelson Mandela. And so we wish him all the very best,” Obama said.

Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years by South Africa's apartheid government, became the nation's first black president in 1994 and stepped down five years later. Obama is the first black president of the United States.

Obama made his remarks after meeting with leaders from Sierra Leone, Senegal, Malawi, and Cape Verde. Obama said they discussed how Washington could continue to partner effectively with each country. - Reuters


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory