WASHINGTON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday emphasized the importance of prosperity and self-reliance in the African continent ahead of the first U.S.-Africa summit next week.
"The security and prosperity and justice that we seek in the world cannot be achieved without a strong and prosperous and self- reliant Africa," he said in an address to 500 young African leaders.
"Next week, I'll host a truly historic event -- the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit...It will be the largest gathering any American President has ever hosted with African heads of state and government," Obama said.
"Next week's summit will focus on how we can continue to build a new model of partnership between America and Africa -- a partnership of equals that focuses on your capacity to expand opportunity and strengthen democracy and promote security and peace," Obama told the African participants of the town hall event in Washington D.C.
The U.S. President added that the goal can not be achieved by government alone. It demands the active engagement of citizens, especially young people.
The U.S.-African Leaders Summit is slated to be held on Aug. 4- 6 in Washington D.C.