Report: Sarah Palin to Visit Sudan in July

Jun 7, 2011 10:37am

ABC News' Sheila Marikar (@sheilaYM) reports:

First the northeast, now the world. According to a report in The Sunday Times, Sarah Palin will visit Sudan in July.

“I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way,” the UK paper quoted her as saying. “I am just hoping Mrs. Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.”

Palin was of course referring to former Prime Minister of the UK Margaret Thatcher. But it’s unclear if they’ll actually meet. The British paper The Guardian quoted a Thatcher “ally” who said a meeting with the former Alaska governor/potential 2012 presidential contender “would be belittling for Margaret.”

A Palin aide refused to confirm or elaborate on Palin’s plans to go to Africa, telling ABC News, “I can’t go beyond what the governor said.”

Sudan would be the third notable international trip for Palin this year. In March, she traveled to India to speak at a conference in New Delhi and spent three days in Israel meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

UPDATE: ABC News’ Dana Hughes (@Dana_Hughes) reports it’s possible Palin will visit Juba in South Sudan on July 9. That’s the date South Sudan, which is predominantly black and Christian, will become its own country separate from North Sudan, which is predominantly Arab and Muslim. Christian conservatives have latched on to the plight of Sudan’s southerners since former President George W. Bush’s first term. His administration brokered a peace agreement that started South Sudan down its path to secession.  

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