President Sirleaf Holds Talks With President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal

Sunday, 3rd December 2006
Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.
Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.
Photo Credit: Cyrus Badio, Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, have held talks in the in the Senegalese capital, Darkar, aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

At the talks on Saturday, the two West Africans Leaders promised to work towards efforts aimed at reopening the diplomatic missions of their respective countries near each other’s capitals. They also stressed the need for the resumption of the Air-Senegal flights to Monrovia to help facilitate air travel from Monrovia to other countries.

During discussions held at the Presidential Palace in Darkar, President Johnson Sirleaf thanked the Senegalese President for his relentless role in helping Liberia achieve peace and stability. The Liberian leader recounted the material and human sacrifices Senegal has made toward Liberia’s peace process and said the government and people of Liberia would continue to remain grateful to Senegal for the support.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told a gathering of African Female Foreign Ministers that despite the laudable achievements of the African woman in leadership, there still remains huge challenges which must be confronted.
Of the many challenges, the President observed, the education of the young generation to succeed the present generation of leaders, remains one of the most major challenges on the African continent.

African children, she noted, must be provided an education that would allow them to keep their value system and become meaningful citizens.
“We have a specific challenge of keeping them in school and on the right path,” the President challenged the gathering.
President Johnson Sirleaf was speaking Friday night in the Senegalese capital, Darkar, at an event honoring women Foreign Ministers of Africa.

The President paid homage to the African Market women and farmers, describing them as the “pillars of our economies.” We must help uplift them and make them meaningful partners in our economies,” the Liberian leader pleaded.

The President lauded the African woman for remaining steadfast in the struggle for participatory democracy. “Tonight, I am confident that Africa has turned the corner; that democracy has taken a foothold,” the President noted, in an apparent reference to her election last year as the first elected female president in Africa.

The event, hosted by the Senegalese Prime Minister, Machy Sall, was attended by influential African female leaders, including the Foreign Ministers of Gabon and the Central African Republic as well as the first lady of Senegal, Mrs. Vivian Wade. The women congratulated President Johnson Sirleaf for the achievement, describing her election as a pride not only for Liberian women, but women on the African continent and the world over. “Your election,’ Mrs. Wade reminded the Liberia leader ‘has removed the prejudices and the taboos that a woman can not be elected President in Africa.”

The occasion, which lasted well past midnight, was punctuated with music by leading Senegalese musicians, an exhibition displaying modern Senegalese fashion and a comedy session, which kept the full house awake and lively.

The President returned home Saturday evening and was met on arrival by government officials, led by Foreign Minister, Ambassador George Wallace, who chaired the Cabinet during the President’s overnight stay in Darkar.