The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will visit Costa Rica next Monday to participate in an event at the University for Peace and then meet with the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, in order to strengthen ties between the two nations and address issues of interest to both countries.

The University for Peace, located in Costa Rica and part of the United Nations Organization (UN), indicated that Johnson will meet with authorities from the university to talk to students and teachers. In addition, a bust in her honor, which was done at the University of Costa Rica and financed by a group of Liberian students will be unveiled at the Garden of Nations.

The Government stressed that Costa Rica is the first Central American country to be visited by a president of Liberia. Also, it praised Johnson for her “struggle for freedom, justice, equality and human rights in Liberia” which won her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 along with the also Liberian Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Tawakul Karman from Yemen.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 74, became president in November of 2005 and was re-elected in 2012, becoming the first African president elected in a democratic way.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica