US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
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Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama Tuesday urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.It was the first speech to the AU by a sitting American president.Obama also called on Africa's leaders to make their countries more attractive to foreign investment by cleaning up corruption, upholding democratic freedoms, supporting human rights, and willingly and peacefully leaving office when their terms expire.Obama said Africa's impending population boom could bring tremendous opportunities for the continent on the one hand.Obama's speech closed a homecoming of sorts to Africa.Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit both countries, arrives back in Washington early Wednesday.
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