Obama wishes Mandela speedy recovery

2013-06-11 20:46
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Washington – US President Barack Obama is wishing for a "speedy recovery" for former president Nelson Mandela.

Mandela is currently receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection in a Pretoria hospital.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney says Obama, the first lady and everyone at the White House are concerned about Mandela's health.

Carney says they all wish Mandela a "speedy recovery”.

Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to depart at the end of June on a three-country trip to Africa, including a visit to South Africa.

Other stops are scheduled for Senegal and Tanzania.

Obama and Mandela met when Obama was a US senator. Michelle Obama met Mandela when she travelled to South Africa on her own in 2011.

But Obama is not the only head of state to wish Madiba well.

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: My thoughts are with Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital in South Africa.

While US National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the people of South Africa as he recovers."

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