U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Liberia for visit
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    MONROVIA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Liberia on Thursday to continue her 11-day seven-country African tour.

    Liberia is the six leg of Hillary's African tour which has already taken her to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Nigeria.

    In Liberia, the U.S. secretary of state will hold talks with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the only female president in the African continent, and is expected to voice her strong support for the reconstruction of the civil-war ravaged western African country.

    After paying a visit to Liberia which will only last for a few hours, Hillary Clinton will fly on to Cape Verde, the last leg of her African tour.

    Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and the Atlantic Ocean.

    The history of Liberia is unique among African nations, notably because of its relationship with the United States, according to Wikipedia. Liberia did not exist as a nation state until it was colonized by freed slaves from the United States. These freed slaves formed an elite group in Liberian society, and in 1847, formed a government based on that of the United States and named the capital city after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.

    This government was overthrown by a military coup in 1980, triggering instability and civil war in the country.

Editor: Li Xianzhi
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