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Pres Sirleaf participates in Third India-Africa Summit

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( 28, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has joined other African Leaders in India to participate in the third edition of the India African Submit.

The summit will take place from October 28 to 30 in New Delhi. The Africa Forum Summit will encourage consultations at the highest political level between the Heads of State and Government of all 54 nations of Africa, and the Indian Government.

According to an Executive Mansion Release, the Submit is expected to give a new thrust to an age-old partnership and provide an opportunity to reflect on the past.

The Forum is also expected to define the road ahead in tune with the present times.

The five-day gathering will start with consultations on the official level followed by the Heads of State and Government meeting on Thursday, October 29 and bilateral meetings scheduled to take place on Friday, October 30.

The India-Africa Summit is expected to be the biggest diplomatic outreach involving delegates from a large number of African countries. The Liberian Leader will later undertake a State Visit to China from November 1 – 6.

The Liberian President made the statement shortly before her departure to India and China, respectively.

President Johnson-Sirleaf has, meanwhile, instructed Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai, to act as Chairman of the Cabinet, in consultation with Vice President, Joseph Boakai.

At the same time, the Liberian Chief Executive has condemned acts of violence and vandalism, because such acts seek to destroy investors’ confidence and undermine the prospects of Liberia’s economic recovery, stability and prosperity.

The Liberian Leader then instructed the Acting Chairman of the Cabinet not to tolerate acts of violence while steering the affairs of the Cabinet.

“Arrest anyone caught violating the laws of the Country,” she directed Mr. Samukai.

President Johnson-Sirleaf has also ordered full-scale investigations into recent acts of violence and vandalism at Arcelor Mittal and Obasanjo Farms.

She said: “I am troubled by Liberians’ acts of violence to ruin huge investments intended to enhance their economic livelihood.”
 Accepting the mandate, Minister Samukai assured the President that he will fully carry out her directive.


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