Obama's agenda in Ethiopia

Like the visit to Kenya, Obama's trip Sunday to Ethiopia represents the first time a sitting U.S. president has been to the East African country.

He is set to holds talks with his counterpart Mulatu Teshome as well as Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and is expected to discuss the conflict in southern Sudan, confronting Al-Shabab in Somalia and economic development.

Administration officials have also promised frank discussions over the lack of press freedom and political openness in Ethiopia. Another controversial subject would be gay rights, which Obama championed in Kenya.

Obama will try Monday to sell regional leaders on a strategy to pressure warring South Sudanese factions into a peace deal by mid-August. The president will press the strategy at a meeting Monday in Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa with leaders of Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, the head of the African Union and the foreign minister of Sudan.news services