Pretoria, South Africa (WSYR-TV/CNN) - President Obama will not be visiting ailing former South African leader Nelson Mandela this weekend.
Instead he and the First Lady met with Mandela's family in South Africa on Saturday.
He also spoke by telephone with Mandela's wife as she sits by her husband's bedside, where Mandela remains in critical condition with a recurring lung infection.
President Obama will not visit the 94-year-old Mandela in the hospital "out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort, and the family's wishes," the White House said.
Also on Saturday, current South African leader Jacob Zuma and his wife greeted the President and First Lady Michelle Obama during an arrival ceremony in Pretoria.
The focus of the visit is to bolster U.S. investment opportunities, address issues such as food safety and health, and promote democracy.
The visit comes as China is pouring billions of dollars into a quest to replace the U.S. as Africa's largest trading partner.
On Sunday, President Obama is scheduled to stop by the site where Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his opposition to the South African apartheid government.
President Obama's three-nation African visit started in Senegal and will end in Tanzania next week.