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Ellen applauds G7 Summit’s success

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 2015 NDPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says World Leaders have committed to resolving poverty, terrorism, illegal immigration and intervening in Africa’s health system, particularly Ebola-hit West African states.

She spoke with reporters Tuesday, June 10, 2015 at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County upon return from the Group of Seven Nations or G7, where African leaders had also assembled at the invitation of World Leaders.

The Summit held from June 7 to 8, discussed the global economy, foreign, security and development policy, the UN conferences to be held in 2015 as well as the post-2015 development agenda.

President Sirleaf said the Summit was successful, as items on the agenda included the health systems of Africa, particularly countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease and how the G7 could support in building of those systems.

She said other issues that they had to talk about were terrorism and climate change, and the G7 is committed to doing more, having realized that until poverty is resolved, many of these things including illegal migration would continue.

However, the Liberian Leader has asked World Leaders to allow African states to own their own programs and determine their priorities, as they can’t depend on the World Leaders hundred percent.

An Executive Mansion release issued Wednesday said leaders at the recently concluded Group of Seven (G7) Summit in the German Alps of Schloss-Elmau have committed to assist the three countries worst- affected by the Ebola virus disease – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – over the next five years, after their economies were badly affected by the virus.

''We are strongly committed to getting the Ebola cases down to zero. We also recognize the importance of supporting recovery for those countries most affected by the outbreak. We must draw lessons from this crisis,” a statement quoting the World Leaders said in part.

They acknowledged the work that is being done by the World Health Organization or WHO and welcome the outcome agreed at the Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola and the 68th World Health Assembly.

The leaders expressed support for the ongoing process to reform and strengthen the WHO’s capacity to prepare for and respond to complex health crises while reaffirming the central role of the WHO for international health security. By Winston W. Parley - Editing by Jonathan Browne

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