WASHINGTON, July 31 The spread of the deadly
Ebola virus and assistance for affected countries will be
discussed during an African summit in Washington next week, a
senior State Department official said on Thursday.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda
Thomas-Greenfield said the issue will be discussed in detail
during side meetings.
The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the worst
affected countries, have canceled plans to attend the summit. It
is unclear whether the president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, still
plans to travel to Washington.
"I have spoken to all three heads of state to get from them
where they see things going and what we can do to better assist
them and we will be discussing that during the summit,"
Thomas-Greenfield told an audience at the Atlantic Council.
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Bill Trott)