President Sirleaf Arrives In Italy

Friday, 31st August 2007
President Sirleaf with Prime Minister Ramano Prodi of Italy
President Sirleaf with Prime Minister Ramano Prodi of Italy
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion
The Government of Italy has pledged its support to Liberiaís fight for debt relief as the country continues its drive towards national recovery. The pledge was made today in Rome when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf officially met with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Prodi asked the President to send a delegation to follow up on talks with the view of having an exploratory means of bilateral cooperation. He also pledged to send a delegation to Liberia after this initial step is taken. The Italian Prime Minster also committed his governmentís desire to assist the A.M. Dogliotti Medical School.

For her part, President Johnson Sirleaf solicited Italyís support and went to armís length to talk about the considerable progress made so far by her government in tackling Liberiaís debt issue amidst the constraints faced by the country.

Earlier, President Johnson Sirleaf met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Italy is governed by the parliamentary system of government which is characterized by a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government.
Also present at the meetings were Margibi County Senator Clarice A. Jah, Nimba County Representative Evans Koah and Liberiaís Ambassador to France His Excellency McKinley Thomas.