President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Joins Leaders At EU-Africa Summit
MONROVIA, April 2 (LINA) - The Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday joined other Heads of State and Government of the European Union and the African continent at the official opening of the 4th European Union (EU) -Africa Summit.
The two-day summit also brings together EU and African Union institutions.
Under the theme: "Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace", the summit is an opportunity to take a fresh look at the EU-Africa partnership, highlight some of the results that have been achieved, and explore areas for future cooperation.
EU-Africa relations are largely based on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, adopted in 2007.
Alongside this strategy, a 2011-2013 Action Plan, agreed at the last EU-Africa summit in 2010, sets out concrete targets within specific areas of cooperation, such as peace and security, democratic governance and human rights.
Previous summits took place in Cairo, Egypt (2000), Lisbon, Portugal (2007) and Tripoli, Libya in (2010).
Before the summit, President Sirleaf held bilateral talks with Mr. Mark Simmonds, MP Minister for Africa at the Commonwealth Office.
President Sirleaf, who departed the country on Monday, March 31, on an official visit to Europe, arrived in Brussels, Belgium early Tuesday, and was met upon arrival by the European Union Liaison Officer, Mr. Anton Jensen, who is also its coordinator for Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Also on hand to meet the Liberian leader was Ambassador Ad-Interim to the European Union and the Benelux Nations, Jarjar Kamara, and staff of the Liberian Embassy in Brussels.
Later Tuesday, President Sirleaf addressed the High Level Panel on Fragile States at the Martins Brussels EU Hotel, following which she met with United Nations Under Secretary-General Sarah Cliffe.