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Michelle Obama’s three-nation trip brings her to Spain

US First Lady, now in Liberia to promote young girls’ education, will meet with Spain’s Queen Letizia on Thursday

Michelle Obama in Monrovia.
Michelle Obama in Monrovia. AFP

US First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday announced a $27 million investment by the United States Agency for International Development to help girls access education in Liberia, where she is currently on a visit with her daughters Malia and Sasha.

Her three-nation trip will also take Michelle Obama to Morocco and Spain, where she will meet with Spanish Queen Letizia on Thursday.

The trip is part of the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative, which was launched in March 2015 to help promote education for around 62 million young girls around the world who are not in school.

President Barack Obama is also scheduled to visit Spain on July 9

“I am happy to be able to announce these new investments in teenage girls’ education,” said Mrs Obama in a press release. She described Liberian teens as “very brilliant and anxious to learn.”

The first lady landed at around 1pm local time and was received by representatives of the Liberian government. Michelle Obama met with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman voted in as head of an African nation.

On Wednesday, Michelle Obama will travel to the Moroccan city of Marrakech, where she will participate in talks with women and girls together with actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto. The event is being organized by CNN, which is making a documentary about the education initiative.

The first lady and her family will arrive in Madrid on Thursday. President Barack Obama is also scheduled to visit Spain on July 9 on his way back from a NATO summit in Poland.

English version by Susana Urra.

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