Pres. Sirleaf Makes Breakthrough In U.S.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and delegation, during the visit to the United States, held several meetings with individual congressional members as well as different Senate and House committees in Washington. The President and delegation on Monday met with members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee under the guidance of committee Chair, Senator John Kerry (Democratic).
The president ably presented Liberia's case and briefed the committee on the level of gains made by the government and people of Liberia, and also the challenges the country is currently grappling with.
She named the full restoration of democracy - the holding of two successful elections - and restoration of the rule of law, stabilization of the country's economy and the repair of Liberia's foreign relations, especially with its neighbors and countries in the West Africa sub-region, amongst other gains the country has realized over the last six years.
For challenges, the President highlighted youth unemployment and infrastructure which includes the main airport, seaports and sufficient roads as impediments to economic growth in Liberia, and called on the U. S. to consider assisting Liberia in these areas.
She thanked the senators for their abundance support and indicated that Liberia and its people were extremely grateful for the level of assistance the U.S. has rendered to Liberia particularly through its post recovery era.
According to a dispatch from Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah and Deputy Information Minister Robert Kpadeh, President Sirleaf recounted the huge American financial and technical support to reforming Liberia's new army, and building the capacity of the Liberian National Police, amongst other significant things America continues to do for Liberia through USAID and other NGOs aimed at ensuring that the country fully recovers and regain it status amongst nations of the world.
She expressed delight over Liberia-U.S. relations, and maintained that America remains Liberia 'number one' ally and a true friend who stood by Liberia during the country's turbulent days.
For his part, Senator John Kerry on behalf of the Senate Foreign Committee expressed satisfaction over the level of work President Sirleaf and her administration have done over the years to restore Liberia once more to the global stage, adding that President Sirleaf is a great leader on the African continent.
He pledged continual support to Liberia and its people as the country has shown enormous will and courage to move forward despite its horrible past.
He assured President Sirleaf and delegation that he will continue to lobby with his colleagues in the capitol to keep Liberia on the heart of America.
President Sirleaf's delegation includes Representatives Wisseh Blamo of Grand Kru County, George Mulbah of Bong County, Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif of Montserrado County and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County, as well as Deputy Information Minister Robert Kpadeh, Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah and key ranking staff members of the President's office.
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