United States First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday announced she will embark on her first-ever major international trip to Africa by visiting Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt beginning October.
In remarks delivered during a reception she hosted for delegates to the 73rd Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), First Lady Melania said she will visit “four beautiful and very different countries in Africa.”
“October 1 will mark the first day of my solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa – Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt – all of which have worked alongside USAID and our partners to make great progress in overcoming some of their biggest challenges. This will be the First Lady’s first major solo international trip,” she announced.
“Since becoming First Lady, I have had the privilege of speaking with many of the spouses of world leaders,” said Melania Trump in a statement issued by the White House.
“Our discussions are always united by the universal desire to provide children with the support and tools necessary to grow up happy, healthy, and responsible adults. I am thrilled to be working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on what I know will be a meaningful trip,” she added.
In Kenya, USAID works on a variety of programmes, including early-childhood education, wildlife conservation, and HIV prevention.
“I also want to recognize Mrs. Kenyatta of Kenya. Wonderful to see you again. It was great to host you in the White House a few weeks ago. I look forward to visiting your country and know that together, we will be able to do great things on behalf of children,” she added.
According to the statement, during the trip, Mrs. Trump will learn more about the United States role in providing assistance to help countries become self-sufficient.
“Her trip will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, the deep culture and history woven into each African country, and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-reliance”.