U.S. President George Bush visits Liberia on Thursday, the last leg of his Africa tour.
Mr. Bush praised Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Wednesday, saying she is an example of the African continent's progress on democracy. Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf took office in 2006 as Africa's first elected female president.
During his one-day visit to Liberia, Mr. Bush is expected to meet with Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf and visit a United Nations-funded teacher training project.
While visiting Ghana on Wednesday, President Bush tried to assuage fears of a U.S. military build-up on the African continent. He said the United States is not contemplating building new military bases in Africa.
He said a new U.N. military command for Africa, known as AFRICOM, is meant to help African armies better respond to conflict without the need for outside forces.