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Obama meets privately with Mandela family

12:15 PM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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JOHANNESBURG -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met privately Saturday with the family of Nelson Mandela.

The meeting was held in Johannesburg at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which is part of the former South African president's foundation.

It lasted for about a half hour, enough time for a small crowd to gather outside in time for Obama's departure.

The White House didn't say which Mandela family members the Obamas met with. The president and first lady will not meet with the ailing 94-year-old Mandela, who is hospitalized with a lung infection.

The White House says that decision was made in accordance with the wishes of Mandela's family.


The Associated Press

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