US to mark 50th anniv of Africa’s independence in Aug

President Barack Obama invited 18 African leaders to Washington in August to mark the 50th anniversary of their countries` independence, a senior US official said.

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2010, 10:09 AM IST

Huntsville (Canada): President Barack Obama
invited 18 African leaders to Washington in August to mark the
50th anniversary of their countries` independence, a senior US
official said.

"The President will host an event later this summer in
Washington, in early August," said the official, briefing
reporters on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of the G8
summit in Canada.

The official said that, in addition to commemorating the
five decades since African nations were given independence by
the European colonial powers, the summit would seek to
encourage a new generation of leadership.

"It will not just kind of mark the 50th anniversary of
their independence, but will really look forward in trying to
get young leaders from each of those countries to discuss the future as well," he said.

Earlier, Obama and the other leaders of the G8 group of
the world`s major developed economies had met six of Africa`s
current leaders at an exclusive lakeside resort in Huntsville,
north of Toronto.

PTI