|Ellen, Obama Meet Face-2-Face Thurs.|
|Published on May 26, 2010||Email To Friend Print Version
For the first time United States President Barack Obama will on Thursday, May 27, welcome Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the White House.
An Executive Mansion release Tuesday, quoting a White House Statement said, the United States greatly values its historic bonds with Liberia.
Liberia, the White House said, is an important democratic partner of the United States that has made tremendous strides in consolidating stability, improving governance, and contributing to regional peace and development in recent years, according to the Executive mansion.
“The American people have maintained our links to the Liberian people through some of the country’s most challenging times, and we remain deeply engaged now as Liberia continues to look to its future,” the statement noted, adding, “President Obama welcomes the opportunity to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual importance with President Sirleaf.”
Since his election two years ago, tomorrow is the first time President Sirleaf with have the opportunity to hold one-on-one talk with the President of the world super power and Liberia traditional ally.
President Sirleaf is expected to brief President Obama about progress of her administration and the country in general including the political and economic and the path to the 2011 presidential elections. The Liberian leader will likely also touch on the gains and challenges on the war against corruption, a major campaign promise facing her administration, the country’s poverty reduction strategy, among others.
In addition, President Sirleaf is also expected to laud the US invaluable support to Liberia’s development progress and seek additional support in that direction.