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06/15/2015 08:27 EDT | Updated 06/15/2016 01:12 EDT

U2 lead singer Bono visiting Ottawa on Monday for meetings with leaders

OTTAWA - The last time U2 frontman Bono was in Ottawa for a political visit, his duet with Alicia Keys of the Peter Gabriel song "Don't Give Up (Africa)" was on the charts.This afternoon, he'll be in the nation's capital once again, this time for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to talk about maternal and child health aid projects in Africa and elsewhere.The Prime Minister's Office says the Irish singer and humanitarian activist requested the meeting with Harper.Bono will also meet with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, according to officials from both parties.Harper has committed $3.5 billion toward the maternal and child health cause, his signature foreign-aid initiative.It's aimed at reducing the number of deaths of newborns and their mothers in the developing world.Bono last met with former prime minister Paul Martin more than a decade ago, when the two discussed foreign aid priorities of that time, which included efforts to combat the spread of HIV-AIDS in Africa.