President Sirleaf Holds Talks in Accra

Monday, 2nd July 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been holding talks with Heads of a number of high-powered delegations representing various governments and institutions at the ongoing African Union Summit in Accra.

The President Sunday met with a six-member United States delegation attending the Summit.  The delegation, headed by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also included US ambassador to the AU, as well US ambassador to Ghana.

President Johnson Sirleaf has also met and held talks with UN officials at the Summit, including United Nations Deputy Secretary-general, Mr. Asha-Rose Migiro. Mr. Migiro is representing the United Nations Secretary-general at the Summit. The Liberian leader also held talks with the Assistant Secretary-general in charge of UNDP for Africa, Mr. Gilbert Houngbo as well as the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Mr. Geir Haarde.

An Executive Mansion release says, the President welcomed the officials and expressed governmentís appreciation for their institutionsí contribution toward the steady progress Liberia is making in the countryís reconstruction drive. The President spoke of programs formulated by government to address the many challenges confronting the country, adding that government was determined to move the country forward in spite of the challenges.

The Liberian leader was on Sunday guest of Ghanaian President John Kuffour, at a reception tendered in honor of Senior citizens, to mark Ghanaís Republic Day. July 1 in Ghana, is set aside to honor Senior citizens for their dedicated services to their country. Several other Heads of State attending the African Union Summit in Accra were also guests of the Ghanaian President at the luncheon.