President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Returns Home Today
By Peter Kahler
MONROVIA, March 13 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf returns home Friday after official visits to the United States and Belgium where she met top officials and addressed high-level forums.
In the U.S., President Sirleaf met her American counterpart Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ash Carter as well as other top Administration officials.
She addressed a high profile forum organized by Congressman Chris Coons and the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC as part of the three-day official visit to the U.S.
The visit was christened a ‘Thank You America’ mission to express Liberia’s appreciation for the United States role in reining in the Ebola virus that devastated the nation and claimed hundreds of lives.
While on Capitol Hill, President Sirleaf also held talks and meetings with Congressional leaders and members of the body, recalling how during the “precarious moments” of the Ebola disease she inundated them with phone calls pleading for American intervention.
President Sirleaf also addressed a UN forum on women and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, recounting achievements made over the period and charting the course for the future of women globally.
The Liberian leader addressed the Clinton Foundation launch of a report on gender, and met with American investors and leaders of non-governmental organizations that played pivotal roles in Liberia’s Ebola fight.
While away, President Sirleaf served as spokesperson for the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region at a European Union-organized international conference in Brussels on Post-Ebola Economic Recovery in the MRU States, hardest-hit by the epidemic.
At the conference, the Liberian Chief Executive and counterparts from Guinea and Sierra Leone called for a World War Two sort of Marshall Plan to salvage the MRU countries from the throes of the Ebola Virus.
On the sidelines of the Ebola conference, the EU and Liberia signed a National Indicative Program (NIP) spanning 2014-2020 in the amount of EUR 279 million.