President Obama called for a "new model" of partnership with Africa during his March 28 meeting with four African leaders at the White House.
Shown here at the White House are, from left, Senegal's President Macky Sall, Malawi's President Joyce Banda, President Obama, Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma and Cape Verde's Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves.
"My main message to each of these leaders," Obama said, "is that the United States is going to be a strong partner, not based on the old model in which we are a donor and they are simply a recipient, but a new model that's based on partnership and recognizing that no continent has greater potential or greater upside than the continent of Africa if they, in fact, have the kind of strong leadership that these four individuals represent."
Obama said they discussed how to continue to build strong democracies and transparency and accountability in government.
Among the Obama administration officials at the White House meeting were Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Earlier in the day, the African leaders (Senegal being represented by Ambassador Cheikh Niang) met at the Pentagon with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Among the topics they discussed there were extremist networks, illicit trafficking and maritime security. Hagel emphasized the U.S. desire to support African-led security solutions and praised these four countries for their contributions to peacekeeping operations around Africa.