Statement by President Obama on the death of President Bongo of Gabon

June 9th, 2009 - 2:59 pm ICT by admin  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — President Obama released the following statement on Monday regarding the death of President Bongo of Gabon.

“I am saddened to learn of the death of President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon.

President Bongo played a key role in developing and shaping the strong bilateral relationship that exists between Gabon and the United States today.

President Bongo consistently emphasized the importance of seeking compromise and striving for peace, and made protecting Gabon’s natural treasures a priority. His work in conservation in his country and his commitment to conflict resolution across the continent are an important part of his legacy and will be remembered with respect.

On behalf of the United States government, I offer my condolences to his family and to the people of Gabon.”

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