President Sirleaf Leaves for Canada

Sunday, 25th March 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf leaves the country Sunday night for a two day State Visit to Canada, at the invitation of the government of Canada, and largely at the expense of the that government.

The President is being accompanied on the visit by Information Minister Dr. Laurence Bropleh, Grand Kru County senator Blamo Nelson and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Affairs & Technology at the Ministry of State, Mr. Amara Konneh.

During the visit, the Liberian leader will hold talks with the Canadian Prime Minister to seek that countryís support for debt waiver ahead of the upcoming G-8 meeting of which Canada is a member and would be participating. President Johnson Sirleaf will also discuss with Canadian officials the resumption of bilateral relations between Liberia and Canada.

While in Canada, the President will address the Canadian Parliament and later deliver a speech at the University of Toronto.

The President leaves Canada on Friday for a two day private visit to the United States during which time she will take a short vacation break before returning home on Sunday, April 1.

During President Johnson Sirleafís absence from the country, the Cabinet will administer the affairs of State, under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador George Wallace in consultation with the Vice President, Dr. Joseph Boakai.