Jan 22, 2014 11:34 Obama to host African leaders summit in Washington Obama to host African leaders summit in Washington President Barack Obama speaks at the Justice Department Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The White House announced Tuesday the president will host a summit of African leaders this summer. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) the associated press Jan. 22, 2014 Comments WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will hold an African leaders summit in Washington this summer. The White House says the summit will focus on strengthening economic and trade ties with leaders from one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. The gathering will also focus on security issues and democracy development on the African continent. The White House says the summit aims to build on progress made during Obama’s three-country trip to Africa last year. The summit will be held Aug. 5-6. The White House did not say which African leaders planned to attend.