Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf to visit White House next week

Other News Materials 15 October 2008 04:44 (UTC +04:00)

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will meet with US President Bush on October 22 in Washington, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino announced Tuesday.

Their talks are expected to include the security situation in Liberia, which suffered civil war for most of the 1990s until 2003. Johnson Sirleaf, a US-educated economist, was elected president in 2005 and took office in January 2006, dpa reported.

She and Bush are also slated discuss efforts in impoverished Liberia to prevent malaria and improve education.

In Tuesday's statement, Perino said that Bush would use the meeting to "reinforce the US long-term commitment to assist Liberia in its reconstruction and stabilization efforts."