ADDIS ABABA, July 27 : Barack Obama opened talks in Ethiopia on Monday during the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa's second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union.
Obama, who flew into a rainy Addis Ababa late on Sunday after a landmark trip to Kenya, his father's birthplace, went into bilateral talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Mulatu Teshome, whose position is largely ceremonial.
Ethiopia is a key strategic ally of the United States but is much criticised for its record on democracy and human rights.
A 21-gun salute welcomed Obama as he arrived.
Obama will also hold talks with regional leaders on the civil war in South Sudan in an attempt to build African support for decisive action against the war-torn country's leaders if they reject an ultimatum to end the carnage by mid-August. ?AFP