Obama welcomes Ali Bongo to the Oval Office
- WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the president of the central African nation of Gabon to help expose corruption and reform the judiciary and other institutions in his country to protect human rights.
Obama also complimented President Ali Bongo on reforms put in place during his tenure to help make the government more open and accountable, the White House said in a statement after the private Oval Office meeting.
Besides good governance, they discussed Libya, Sudan and Ivory Coast, along with environmental protection and the economy. They also expressed a shared desire to see a democratic transition begin in Libya, where rebels are battling to overthrow longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.