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Obama in Senegal for first leg of Africa trip
Thursday, June 27th, 2013

US President Barack Obama praised Senegal for its democratic progress on Thursday, after being welcomed by President Macky Sall on the first leg of his Africa trip.

"Senegal is one of the most stable democracies in Africa and one of the strongest partners that we have in the region," Obama said.

"It is moving in the right direction, with reforms to deepen democratic institutions, and as more Africans across this continent stand up and demand governments that are accountable and serve the people, I believe Senegal can be a great example."

The Obama administration is currently exploring a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which would remove many trade barriers for American companies interested in doing business in Senegal.

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Senegal President Macky Sall (2nd L) his wife Marieme Faye Sall (R) welcome US President Barack Obama (2nd R) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) on June 27, 2013 at the presidential palace before meetings in Dakar.

(Saul Loeb - AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama reviews an honor guard on June 27, 2013 outside the presidential palace before meetings in Dakar.

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Senegal's President Macky Sall and US President Barack Obama (L) arrive for a press conference following meetings at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, June 27, 2013.

(Saul Loeb - AFP/Getty Images)
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Security stands guard near a wall covered in posters welcoming US President Barack Obama to Senegal along his motorcade route in Dakar on June 27, 2013.

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Senegal's First Lady Marieme Faye Sall (R) and US' First Lady Michelle Obama applaud during a visit to the Martin Luther King school on June 27, 2013 in Dakar, Senegal.

(SEYLLOU DIALLO - AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama look out from the Door of No Return while touring the House of Slaves, or Maison des Esclaves, at Goree Island off the coast of Dakar on June 27, 2013. Obama and his family toured the museum at the site where African slaves were held before going through the door and being shipped off the continent as slaves.

(Saul Loeb - AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama looks out from the Door of No Return while touring the House of Slaves, or Maison des Esclaves, at Goree Island off the coast of Dakar on June 27, 2013.

(Jim Watson - AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama arrives by boat to tour Goree Island, including the House of Slaves, or Maison des Esclaves, off the coast of Dakar on June 27, 2013.

(Saul Loeb - AFP/Getty Images)
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