Washington: The US on Tuesday said that Nelson Mandela's deteriorating condition will not have any impact on President Barack Obama's upcoming South Africa trip.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the US is closely monitoring the situation. "At this point, I think I can say that we are assessing - that we are monitoring the situation and understand from the reports that former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical condition," he said.

Jay Carney said the thoughts and prayers of Americans are with the ailing South African leader. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and with the people of South Africa," he said.

Obama is due to travel to Senegal on Wednesday and spend the weekend in South Africa before travelling to Tanzania.

On Monday, South African President Jacob Zuma said Mandela is still in a critical condition. Mandela, South Africa's first black President was admitted to hospital in Pretoria on June 8.


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