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Remarks With Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Before Their Meeting


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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 27, 2010

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is such a delight and indeed a continuing honor to welcome Liberia’s president here to the State Department, someone who is not only doing an extraordinary job of leading her country and dealing with the accumulated challenges that she inherited upon becoming president, but is also, through her leadership in West Africa, playing a very important role in helping to deal with the problems that go beyond her borders but which affect her people.

So, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, welcome once again.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Thank you very much, Secretary Clinton. I’m here to report to you on the progress we have made since our last meeting on behalf of the Liberian people, to express our thanks and appreciation for the support we have received from you personally and from the government in general. We hope that this day will solidify, once again, and consolidate a partnership which we so much enjoy with the United States and the people of this country.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Madam President.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all.



PRN: 2010/684

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