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West African leaders at the 50th Session of ECOWAS
West African leaders at the 50th Session of ECOWAS

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Chairperson of ECOWAS, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has returned home after chairing the 50th Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State Summit.

Addressing the ECOWAS Heads of State Summit, President Sirleaf expressed concern over the recurring attacks of Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Lake Chad Basin, other ECOWAS’ military targets in Mali and countries.

She said the negative impact of the attacks does not take away from the significant progress of president Keita and his government in the implementation of the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.

President Sirleaf, further acknowledged the strategic security interventions formulated by the Chiefs of Defense Staff of ECOWAS Commission at the recent regional meetings held December 18, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, where she address terrorist attacks among other issues.

Speaking upon arrival Sunday December 18, 2018 at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), the Liberian leader said her visit to the ECOWAS Commission provided an opportunity to better understand the internal workings of the Commission and other principal community institutions.

She expressed gratitude to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari for working with her and her team.

President Buhari earlier welcomed the ECOWAS Leaders to Abuja and congratulated the leaders of Ghana, Cape Verde for the holding of successful democratic elections.

He said:” ECOWAS should be proud of its achievements, especially in convention management and prevention and the and the combat against terrorism.” He said efforts are required to improve domestic mobilization and investment in infrastructure and human capacity development.

Commenting on the visit of President Sirleaf and team, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza, thanked President Sirleaf and West African leaders for their tremendous support to the Commission.

The ECOWAS Commission President praised the Liberian leader for her visit to the ECOWAS Commission, the first in recent history updating him on the various activities of the Commission.

Mr. Souza said that the sub-region was not spared of the global financial crisis, and reflected on the general economic situation in the region.

In the same  vein, the  Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambers, conveyed support for the intervention in the Sahel and unswervingly gave the United Nations support to ECOWAS in confronting crimes.

He also spoke about the present political situation in the Gambia and said that the United Nations will support ECOWAS in efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.


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