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US won't dictate internal policies - Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says South Africa and America have not always seen eye to eye.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says America won't dictate how other countries should be run.

CAPE TOWN - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says America will not dictate how other countries should be run.

Clinton gave a talk at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Bellville on Wednesday.

The former US first lady is on a state visit to South Africa, wrapping up a six-country tour of the continent.

Clinton explained America and South Africa have not always seen eye to eye when it comes to international diplomacy.

"Particularly in height of the crises in Libya and Cote d'Ivoire. The difference we have are over tactics, not principles."

Clinton said South Africa has to work hard to maintain its influence in Africa.

"No country's influence is a birth right; not America's and not South Africa's. We have our own work cut out for us."

She emphasised America does not interfere with other countries' domestic policies.

"Some critics are quick to say when America says emerging power have great responsibility they mean great responsibility do to whatever America wants."

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