President Obama opened a U.S.-Africa Summit session with African leaders on “Investing in Africa’s Future” Wednesday morning by again committing to helping confront the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
“The United States and our international partners will continue to do whatever we can to help our African partners respond to this crisis and to stand with the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” Obama told the gathering of leaders.
“In their histories they’ve overcome great challenges, and they are drawing on that same spirit of strength and resilience today,” he added.
Obama acknowledged that the Presidents of Sierra Leone and Liberia were not in attendance as they are dealing with the outbreak of the deadly disease, and gave a special welcome to the president of Guinea, whose county is also dealing with Ebola.
“On behalf of all of us here today, our thoughts and prayers are with those who’ve been affected by the Ebola outbreak, especially those who’ve lost loved ones,” Obama said.
He noted that despite the the fact that “the continent faces significant challenges” it “will help shape the world as never before.”