White House: Obama Meets Leaders From Four African Democracies

Obama with, from left: President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama met today with: President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone; President Macky Sall of Senegal; President Joyce Banda of Malawi; and, Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde at the White House.

The United States has strong partnerships with these countries based on shared democratic values and shared interests, The White House said. 

Each of these leaders has undertaken significant efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, protect and expand human rights and civil liberties, and increase economic opportunities for their people, The White House said.

President Obama and the visiting leaders discussed how the United States can expand our partnership to support their efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and promote economic opportunity, both in their countries and across sub-Saharan Africa, The White House said.

A particular focus of the conversation was on the importance of transparency and respect for human rights, and President Obama commended each leader for their work in these areas and their commitment to join the Open Government Partnership.

President Obama also commended these leaders for their leadership on food security and engaged the leaders in a fruitful conversation about how the United States can help Africa harness the potential of its young people and empower the next generation of African leaders, The White House said.

A link to the President’s remarks following the meeting can be found here, and you can watch a video of the leaders below or on youtube.



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