U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to meet with South Africa’s Nelson Mandela at his ancestral village, Qunu, for a private meeting with the former president and anti-apartheid hero. Clinton is traveling to South Africa on a three day business trip and plans to “pay her respects” to Mandela before a series of meetings focused on strengthening the U.S. trade relationship with South Africa, the State Department said.
The Secretary of State’s visit comes less than a month after her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, visited Mandela at his home as the country celebrated Mandela’s 94th birthday. Mandela is retired in his childhood home and no longer makes public appearances, but enjoys receiving visitors. After her visit with Mandela, Clinton will return to Johannesburg where she is scheduled to meet with attendees at the first United States-South Africa Business Summit, which organizers expect will become an annual event. South Africa is the largest economy on the African continent and is currently the home to six of the fastest growing economies in the world. South Africa, the largest market in Africa for American goods, is also the third largest trading partner of the U.S., trailing China and Germany.