Clinton calls on SA to take leading role

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said SA is in a position to play an influential role in leading Africa.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with newly-elected AU Chairperson and Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Pretoria on Tuesday, 7 August 2012. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said South Africa should play a more influential role to address African and global issues.

She described her stop in South Africa as the centerpiece of her nine-nation visit.

The top US diplomat also visited Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi, and is due to stop in Nigeria, Ghana and Benin.

Clinton said she delivered the same message at every stop.

"America wants to create sustainable partnerships in Africa. This is the message of President Barack Obama's strategy throughout Africa."

After meeting International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, Clinton said South Africa has so much to offer to the rest of the world.

While South Africa and the US almost always have similar objectives on international situations, they often differ on the path to take to achieve desired results.