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President Bio To Attend Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit In Ouagadougou

GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE

STATE HOUSE

OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY AND PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN

Date: 13th September 2019

PRESS STATEMENT

President Bio to attend Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit in Ouagadougou

His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio will attend the Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 14th September, 2019.

The Summit has been convened to discuss the security situation and adopt a Declaration which will define a common platform on peace, security, radicalization and violent extremism in the sub region. The Summit will also feature presentations from the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, which will be followed by discussions on the security situation in the region as well as bilateral and regional initiatives to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

The African continent is facing numerous challenges such as illegal cross-border activities, terrorism, money laundering, violent extremism and trafficking in arms, persons and drugs which are common security threats in Central and West Africa. In order to address these challenges, the 55th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government agreed to hold this Extraordinary Session in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as a precursor to these threats.

His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio will depart Sierra Leone today, Friday 13th September, 2019 and return on Sunday, 15th September, 2019.

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