President Obama and delegates to U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. / SAUL LOEB, AFP/Getty Images
President Obama opened the last day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Wednesday by saying the United States and its global partners will "do whatever we can" to meet the threat of the Ebola virus.
Citing the three nations where Ebola is most prevalent - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - Obama told summit delegates: "In their histories, they've overcome great challenges, and they are drawing on that same spirit of strength and resilience today.
Speaking at a summit session entitled "Investing in Africa's Future," Obama told the continent's leaders that he wants to focus on how to expand trade, strengthen governments, and improve security throughout Africa.
"We come together this week because -- even as the continent faces significant challenges -- I believe a new Africa is emerging," Obama told delegates.
Later, Obama is scheduled to participate in sessions on "Peace and Regional Stability" and "Governing the Next Generation."
He ends the day with a news conference.
The president also takes the "official family photo" with summit delegates.
First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, spoke at an event for spouses of summit delegates, a program that also featured former president George W. Bush and wife Laura. The former president discussed ongoing and expanding efforts to eradicate diseases in Africa, including AIDS.
"A generation on the verge of being lost has been found," Bush said.
During a business forum Tuesday, Obama pledged $33 billion in private and public assistance to Africa. He also urged African leaders to improve governance and national security in order to promote economic development.
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