The Washington Times - June 28, 2013, 03:49PM

President Obama will hold a virtual town-hall meeting with young people in Kenya Saturday, even though the president isn’t visiting his father’s homeland during his week-long tour of Africa.

The White House is setting up locations in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria for young people to participate in the town-hall session that will be broadcast on television in the various countries. Mr. Obama will be leading the event from Soweto, South Africa, a location famous for its role in the anti-apartheid movement.


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“Young people in those locations will have an opportunity to participate in the town hall, to ask questions of the president,” said Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser. “These are countries we weren’t able to get to on this trip who are really important partners to the United States.”

Mr. Obama is expected to discuss plans to expand a student-exchange program between the U.S. and African countries. Historically black colleges in the U.S. will be part of the program, Mr. Rhodes said.