August 13th, 2009
09:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton in Liberia for meeting with president

Clinton's trip is designed to show U.S. commitment to Africa.

Clinton's trip is designed to show U.S. commitment to Africa.

MONROVIA, Liberia (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Thursday in a dark and rainy Liberia, where she planned to hold a bilateral meeting with the country's pro-American president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Liberians have a historic fondness for Americans and view Clinton's visit as a show of support and affirmation of the special relationship between Liberia and the United States, said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to Liberia.

"Women in Liberia are pleased to welcome the secretary for her meeting with the first woman elected head of state in Africa, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf," Thomas-Greenfield wrote in a State Department blog. "After the ravages of the conflict here, which affected women and children very heavily, Liberians are proud of their progress in women's empowerment and inclusion in government. Secretary Clinton has emphasized the link between women's empowerment and social and economic progress throughout her seven-nation trip."

Clinton's trip is designed to show U.S. commitment to Africa. Wednesday, Clinton visited Nigeria and met the country's president and senior politicians.

In a town hall meeting in the capital, Abuja, Clinton talked about the importance of democracy and warned the country that it could be a target for al Qaeda.

Nigeria has been wracked by violence between Christians and Muslims, and hundreds have died in riots over the past several years.

"Al Qaeda has a presence in Northern Africa," Clinton said. "There is no doubt in our mind that al Qaeda and like organizations that are part of the syndicate of terror would seek a foothold anywhere they could find one, and whether that is the case here or whether this is a homegrown example of fundamentalist extremism - that's up to the Nigerians to determine."

Clinton opened her 11-day Africa trip in Nairobi, Kenya, then went to South Africa, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo before going to Nigeria. After Liberia, she plans to visit Cape Verde.

The Obama administration is also using Clinton's tour to promote development and good governance, the State Department has said.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I wonder how well these talks woul dbe going if Idi Amin were still President.

    August 13, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    The world wide and horribly damaging obomatron apology tour continues.

    August 13, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Carl from MI

    Wow... foreign countries actually like us visiting them again!!

    What a REFRESHING CHANGE from the Bush Administration...

    August 13, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    Let's see what dumb things she'll say today!

    August 13, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Pat F

    "Women in Liberia are pleased to welcome her"!

    If her husband wasn't Governor of Arkansas, she would have been a has-been lawyer. And, if her husband hadn't abused a half-wit White House intern, she wouldn't have been a NY Senator, wouldn't have run for President, and wouldn't be Secretary of State.

    What a wonderful, self-made woman! A real feminist icon. She makes Sarah Palin look like Germaine Greer!

    August 13, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. EC

    I LOVE the fact Hillary Clinton is not taking any "guff" from anyone. It's amazing that her being a woman is seen as justification for questioning her qualifications!! STOP IT!!

    Hillary Clinton has worked VERY HARD and has EARNED the title of Secretary of State. She is highly qualified and is doing a FABULOUS job. Women should not sit back and allow her to be "second-guessed".

    I'm proud of Hillary Clinton, she has proven that women are just as qualified and competent as MEN in this society. Some women are even MORE qualified then their men counterpart. Hello? But men are such babies and refuse to acknowledge this reality.

    August 13, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. RealityKing

    Hillary has been religated to the back of the bus. Obama finally does something that will actually help America's future generations..

    August 13, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. WILLIAM, from CALI!

    "Clinton in Liberia for meeting with president"....Two women chatting over tea and biscuits.....while the rest of the world watches, and We Americans struggle over healthcare reform. How encouraging is that to the rest of us....What about Iraq and Afghanistan ?

    August 13, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Mississippi Mike

    She can learn a lot about how to handle the "fundamentalist extremism" in our own borders. Can you believe that people show up to townhall meetings and ask their legislators tough questions? I mean, how rude! We should just let our social superiors run our lives because they can certainly do better than we can.

    August 13, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. dominican mama 4 Obama

    "After the ravages of the conflict here, which affected women and children very heavily, Liberians are proud of their progress in women's empowerment and inclusion "
    Interesting to note that with a few minor changes, the same could be said about our industrialized, ultra-civilized,nation vis-a-vis women and minorities int he U.S.

    We need to stop looking down our noses at so called "Third World" countries, and focus more on inclusion and empowerment in our own U. S. of A.

    August 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Debra R

    For heaven sakes Liberians, make sure your interpreters are on their game or Hill will have another hissy fit!

    August 13, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Mike

    As long as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf doesn't ask about Bill, she should be okay!!!!

    Hillary is an embarrassment.

    August 13, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. DEB

    Hillary is doing just fine and finally WOMEN are being recognized as movers n shakers!
    BTW, the comment she made about Florida's corrupt Jebb Bush, was right on the money!
    We had the Bush's family cheating their way to the Whitehouse!

    August 13, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Shari, NY

    Liberia was founded as a result of freed slaves who were granted repatriation from the U.S. to Africa. After many years of hardships it is finally getting its act togetfher and one can only hope that the momentum will continue.

    Re Nigeria: That Al Queda fear tactic is not necessary. I opine that a muslim extremist stronghold there is as possible as snow falling at a ski lodge in July. As a matter of fact, check out the amount of Catholic priests that are being "hatched" and sent to the U.S. and beyond! The tackling of corruption (OVER OIL) from all sides should be the main focus.

    I am more terrified of the proliferation of illegal guns in the UNITED STATES – which have been falling into the hands of schizoid /deranged types and substance abusers who can put down a dozen people without a moment's notice.

    August 13, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Obama Victim

    man.........what a relief!!!

    August 13, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Expat American

    Promoting Development and Good Governance wasn't high on the Republican Agenda for a long time; with the exception of President Bush's AIDS initiatives which are often overlooked due to the focus being on the 'other' foreign policy agenda(s) of his administration.

    It’s good to see Secretary of State Clinton begin to rebuild the nation’s standing in the world after 8 long years of Republican foreign policy.

    August 13, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Moe,Larry and Curly

    Here we are in 2009 and still having religious wars around the globe.Isnt religion great?Wonder if they think the Earth is still flat too?

    August 13, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Texas

    I think Sec of State Clinton is doing a great job. Her going a little ballistic on the student. Don't blame her. What she has seen in Africa I cannot imagine. What she has seen affecting women and children in Africa has to be "chilling". No 1 wants to talk about the real issues. If it had been a man, would they have said, he is tried, he is having a bad hair day. Media give it a rest STOP being SEXIST.

    August 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. donttreadonme

    Someone should warn President Ellen to not ask her about what Bill thinks.

    August 13, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Kdgreat

    Much is made of this the Liberian-American connection that doesn't really exist. Less than five percent of the population are descendants of free slaves, America did not do a single thing to stop the slaughter that was going on (except fund both sides and give refuge to the families of the warlords). Bush did more for Africa than any democrat ever would.

    August 13, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Steve in CT

    With her temper showing I'm happy she's not the person with the red launch button. In her position she should seem like the most in control person going. She could have been POTUS. Wheew. That was close. I wonder what Katie Curic would have made her look like.

    August 13, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. donttreadonme

    I wonder if Hillary would be Sec. of State today if she wasn't married to Bill. Her qualifications pale in comparison to Condi’s.

    August 13, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Cali J

    Hmmmmmmmmmm: Obama at 47% approval.

    August 13, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. sarju

    I am so happy today for the news, I am a Liberian and it makes me feel good no know that my country is returning to be a part on the community of nations which it once use to be. Thanks you Sec. Clinton and thanks Madam Sirleaf for all of the good work.

    August 13, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Still Bushed

    Hillary and Barack rocks. If we ignore the problems of the world, they will come to our doorsteps.

    August 13, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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