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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Liberian President to Visit the White House

President Sirleaf in 2007 at LiberiaTrust Function.  Photo/CD Brown

On Thursday, May 27, President Obama will welcome President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to the White House.

A press released earlier from the White House states, "The United States greatly values its historic bonds with Liberia. Liberia 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.

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. President Obama welcomes the opportunity to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual importance with President Sirleaf."

In 2007 President Sirleaf made a visit to Washington where she attended an event, held at Union Station, for the Liberian Education Trust.    Then Senator Hilary Clinton, also attended the event in support of Liberia. Clinton had not decided to run for U.S. president at that time, but rumors swirled. Sirleaf, Liberia's first female president, when asked at the event what it was like to being a female president said, "It is a good thing", as she looked over to Senator Clinton.

Learn more about the U.S. and its relationship with Liberia.

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