WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to strengthen ties with Africa at an unprecedented summit in Washington where nearly 50 heads of state are grappling with issues such as investment, terrorism, corruption and deadly diseases.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday on the opening day of the gathering that 10 of the 15 fastest-growing countries in the world are in Africa. The U.S. is competing in Africa with China, which has been increasingly investing in natural resources projects in Africa.
An outbreak of deadly Ebola virus, which has killed at least 887 people in West Africa, cast a pall over the summit. Leaders from Sierra Leone and Liberia canceled their plans to attend and the U.S. set up medical screenings for other officials traveling from those nations.