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US First Lady Melania Trump touches down in Africa

AFP  |  Accra 

on Tuesday arrived in on the first leg of her maiden, solo tour of that has been billed as a chance to carve her own diplomatic path.

The stepped off an overnight flight from Andrews Airforce Base near and onto a red carpet at

She was met by her Ghanaian counterpart and a group of local schoolchildren in yellow and brown uniforms waving the US stars and stripes and the Ghanaian flag.

An at the airport said the former model was smiling and looked relaxed as she was entertained by a troupe of traditional drummers and dancers.

The first lady's office has said the tour will be a "diplomatic and humanitarian visit" that will focus on her #BeBest campaign for "children and their well-being".

It will also "showcase" the work of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), even at a time when her husband's government is looking to slash US aid across the world.

In addition to Ghana, she is due to visit Malawi, and before returning to early on October 7.

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First Published: Tue, October 02 2018. 17:20 IST