Obama to welcome Gabon president at White House

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Posted: Jun 09, 2011 3:02 AM
Obama to welcome Gabon president at White House

President Barack Obama will hold talks with another African leader on Thursday.

Obama and President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon (ga-BOHN') will discuss strategic regional and bilateral topics of mutual importance during their afternoon meeting in the Oval Office.

Obama met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at the White House on Wednesday.

Ali Bongo, who is serving as president of the U.N. Security Council this month, told Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday that he would help with the U.S.-led push for further U.N. sanctions on Iran. He also vowed that oil-rich Gabon would "become an emerging country" that fights corruption.

Gabon, with a population of 1.5 million, is the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa.