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Barak Obama talks to Liberia, Sierra Leone leaders on Ebola

IANS 15 Aug 2014, 7:25:42 AM IST
Washington: US President Barack Obama spoke to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone separately over the current Ebola outbreak, the White House said on Thursday.

In his telephonic conversation with both leaders, Obama underscored US commitment to work with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other international partners to contain the outbreak and expressed his condolences for the lives lost, Xinhua quoted a statement as saying.

"The leaders discussed ongoing mitigation measures, including those directed through the Monrovia-based US Disaster Assistance Response Team and deployed personnel in both Liberia and Sierra Leone from the (US) Centres for Disease Control and Prevention," it said.

The phone calls came as the US department of state ordered the departure of family members of its diplomats in Sierra Leone over the Ebola outbreak.