(Monrovia, Liberia – Friday, June 10, 2016) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has returned home following successful visits to the United States of America, Senegal and the State of Israel respectively.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, who has been away on official visits since May 26, arrived at the Roberts International Airport(RIA) on Friday, June 10, 2016 via Brussels Airlines at about 7:20 Post Meridian.
The first leg of the Liberian leader’s official visit took her to the United States of America and thereafter proceeded to Dakar, Senegal to attend the ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State and Government. She was unanimously elected as the new Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS during the just ended ECOWAS Ordinary Summit held in Dakar, Senegal.
The final leg of President Sirleaf’s official visit took her to the State of Israel where she had the opportunity to meet Israeli authorities on crucial matters of bilateral concern, including security and agriculture.
Speaking to journalists upon arrival at the RIA, President Sirleaf expressed her commitment to lead ECOWAS through consultations as Chairperson of the Authority. She told journalists that the regional body currently has programs covering infrastructure, the economy, security among others that will be pursued with the involvement and support of all leaders of ECOWAS.
President Sirleaf also thanked her colleagues for the confidence reposed in her as the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority, calling on Liberians to be proud of their country.
She described her two weeks visits to the three countries as very successful and expressed the hope that Liberia will benefit from the advanced scientific knowledge of the Israeli in the field of agriculture as well as critical and much need training in the security sector.
President Sirleaf was met upon arrival by scores of government officials including Justice Minister Cllr. Fredrick Cherue, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Dr. Edward B. McClain, Youth and Sports Minister Saah N’tow, as well as dozens of citizens – including traditional leaders, women’s groups, youth organizations, students and musical groups.