Addis Ababa, July 26, 2015 (GMN) - US President Barack Obama landed in Ethiopia on Sunday, beginning a two-day stay and becoming the first American leader to visit Africa's second most populous nation.
Air Force One touched down at Addis Ababa's international airport after a short flight north from the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
The visit will include talks with the Ethiopian government, a key strategic ally but criticised for its record on democracy and human rights.
Obama will also become the first US president to address the African Union and hold talks with regional leaders on the civil war in South Sudan.
Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus posted the picture on Facebook, saying the rainbow rose above the country’s capital as Obama landed in Air Force One for a two-day visit to the East African nation.
Ethiopians on social media were quick to analyze what the rainbow meant. For some, it was a sign of good to come. For others, it was a warning against Obama’s “evil agenda.” Still for others, the rainbow was a gift to Obama, or a gift to Ethiopia.
Obama arrived in the country from Kenya, where he made clear his position on gay rights—a contentious issue between the U.S. and Kenya. “I believe in the principle of treating people equally under the law, and that they are deserving of equal protection under the law and that the state should not discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation,” Obama said during a press conference.
While in Ethiopia, Obama will hold talks with local and regional leaders and become the first U.S. president to address the African Union.( AFP)