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The United States’ top diplomat begins a three-nation African tour in South Africa.



The United States' top diplomat begins a three-nation African tour in South Africa.

The United States’ top diplomat arrived at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has begun his three-nation African tour.

He went to the Hector Pieterson memorial in Soweto, a township on Johannesburg’s outskirts. The diplomat joined Antoinette Sithole, the late Hector’s sister, in laying a wreath at the memorial honoring the student killed in 1976 while protesting South Africa’s racist apartheid regime.

“Hector’s story really resonates because we have our own struggle for freedom and equality in the United States, and South Africa’s story is unique, but there are also so many common elements,” Blinken said.

Sithole, who also took part in the 1976 student protests, believes the museum highlights the role of South Africa’s youth in ending white minority rule in the country.

“The museum will serve as a reminder to future generations.” “We must understand where we came from and where we are going, and don’t forget that the youth fought for us to be better today,” she said.

Blinken will meet with his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor, on Monday and will discuss the United States’ Sub-Saharan Africa strategies during a speech at the University of Pretoria. He’ll then travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

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SOURCE: Africanews

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