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FILE - In this June 1, 2016 file photo, First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House. Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are leaving Sunday, June 26 for Africa, where they will promote girls' education in Liberia and Morocco before going to Spain.

MONROVIA, Liberia — Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mother have landed in Liberia at the start of an overseas trip promoting education for girls.

The Obamas were welcomed with a red carpet and traditional dancers wearing the red, white and blue colors of both the American and Liberian flags.

The first lady plans to meet with the president of the West African country, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the first elected female head of state on the continent.

The Obamas then will visit a leadership camp for girls in the town of Kakata.

One topic of their trip is how to address the barriers facing girls who are trying to get an education.

The Obamas are scheduled to leave Liberia on Monday evening for Morocco and then Spain.