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US pledges to strengthen Liberias economy

James Akoi/Benjamin S. Taingay
President Obama and President Sirleaf
President Obama and President Sirleaf

( 3, 2015)-United States (U.S.) President, Barack Obama, says the US Government and people will work along with Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to strengthen the Liberian economy.

President Obama also pledged the American people’s commitment to working along with President Johnson-Sirleaf to rebuild infrastructure across the country.

He said: “Liberia’s development goals, prior to the Ebola outbreak will be restored. The job is not over, though Ebola cases have fallen by 95%.”

President Obama spoke Friday, February 27, 2015 when he met with the Liberian President at the White House in the American Capital, Washington D. C.

The US President also promised that his government and people will work along with others in the International Community, and other partners in West Africa to ensure that development and sustained economy are fast-tracked.

President Obama named grants from the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the return of the Peace Corps Volunteers as activities to accelerate growth and development in Liberia.

He thanked President Johnson-Sirleaf for her good leadership and the Liberian people’s courage and resilience in tackling the Ebola virus.

The US President also lauded his Liberian Counterpart for taking measures to reducing corruption and ensuring that growth is broad-based, impacting lives in rural communities and promoting democracy.

He described President Johnson-Sirleaf as the kind of leader the United States would always prefer working along with.

In response, President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “My delegation and I were in the United States to commend the Government and people of America for all that they continue doing in tackling the spread of the Ebola virus.”

“Efforts are being exerted to reach zero Ebola case and maintain the status.”

The Liberian Leader then described the coming of the American troops to Liberia to build Ebola Treatment Centers in the country and other partners from the US as wonderful initiatives that helped cause Ebola to retreat.


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