Bush addresses Zimbabwe in Africa

July 9, 2003 at 7:31 AM

PRETORIA, South Africa, July 9 (UPI) -- President George Bush is addressing the thorny issue of human rights in Zimbabwe on his African tour Wednesday.

On the second day of his five-nation African visit, Bush discussed a wide range of issues with South African President Thabo Mbeki, including trade relations, the spread of AIDS and the countries' different stances over the war on Iraq.

Before the talks, Mbeki told CNN the two leaders would discuss all the things Bush has mentioned in his agenda, including a key issue that has roughed up relations between the United States and South Africa in recent days: conditions in Zimbabwe.

Secretary of State Colin Powell has condemned Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his "violent misrule" and called for new elections and a transitional government with the "president gone."

Bush is the fourth U.S. president -- and the first Republican U.S. president -- to visit sub-Saharan Africa.

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