President Sirleaf off to United States for Final HLP Meeting, Talks with Government Officials, Appearance as Reuters Newsmaker

Sunday, 12th May 2013

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departs the country on Sunday evening for a week-long official visit to New York and Washington, D.C., United States of America.


While in New York, according to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, one of three co-Chairs, will attend the final meeting of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, at United Nations Headquarters. Other meetings in the interest of the country are also scheduled.


In Washington, the Liberian leader will meet with ranking members of Congress, including both the House and Senate Committees on Foreign Relations; and with the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr. Ashton Carter, among others.


Later in the week, President Sirleaf will be the special guest and interviewee at a Reuters Newsmaker event, where she will discuss her administration’s development goals and the challenges it faces in moving from conflict to sustained peace and prosperity. The President will also join financial professionals and economists from around the world, with an interest in Africa, for a chat in the Reuters Global Markets Forum.


Among those accompanying the Liberian leader are: the Minister of National Defense, Mr. Brownie J. Samukai; and the Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism, Mr. Lewis Brown.


The President and her delegation are expected back in the country on Sunday, May 19.


While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister State for Presidential Affairs, Dr. Edward B. McClain, Jr., will coordinate the affairs of State in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.