US President Barack Obama will hold Oval Office talks with his Ghanaian counterpart John Atta Mills on March 8, the White House said Thursday.

The two leaders “will have the opportunity to discuss our shared objectives in advancing development, as well as the commercial and economic ties between our two countries,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. Since taking office in January 2009, Obama — born in the United States to a Kenyan father and a white American mother — has only travelled once to sub-Saharan Africa, taking a trip to Ghana in July 2009.
The White House said Obama

“welcomes the opportunity to reciprocate the warm hospitality that both he and the first lady received during their visit to Ghana.”

In Accra in July 2009, Obama — the first black US president — urged Africans to demand stronger governments and pledged more US help to battle disease.

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