President Sirleaf Meets U.S. Congressional Delegation

Thursday, 31st May 2007
Pres.Sirleaf in a meeting with members of the congressional delegation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Pres.Sirleaf in a meeting with members of the congressional delegation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the United States for its continued leadership role in Liberia’s recovery process.

President Sirleaf noted that with the United States being a key partner in Liberia’s post-war recovery drive, the Government of Liberia will remain on the path to achieving its national development goals.

According to an Information Ministry release, the Liberian leader was speaking today when she received a three-member U.S. Congressional delegation led by Congressman David Price at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

President Sirleaf expressed the hope that the United States and other members of the G-8 industrialized countries would prevail on bilateral and multilateral lending institutions to grant debt relief to Liberia at the up-coming the G-8 summit to be held in Germany early June.

President Sirleaf indicated that once the country benefits from debt relief, the Liberian Government will redirect its resources toward full-scale national development and poverty alleviation.

President Sirleaf thanked the U.S. Congress for working with the U.S. administration to support Liberia, and hoped that congress would continue to explore avenues for more U.S. assistance.

She also hoped that the visit of the Congressional delegation would further strengthen the capacity of the National Legislature of Liberia.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Congressman David Price, who serves on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, expressed appreciation for the overwhelming reception they have received since their arrival in the country.

Congressman Price, who is also Chair of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, said the visit of his delegation underscores the United States’ commitment in working with the administration of President Sirleaf to improve conditions in Liberia to better the lives of the people.

He said the visit of the delegation is intended to further strengthen the Liberian Legislature in further consolidating the democratic process in Liberia.

The U.S. Congressional delegation today began the first in a series of engagements with members of the National Legislature during its four-day visit to Liberia.

The visit of the U.S. Congressional delegation is aimed at promoting partnership between the U.S. Congress and the Liberian Legislature.
  
Other members of the delegation are Congresswoman Gwendolynne S. Moore and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.

Meanwhile, an official of the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia has disclosed that an assessment team from the U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers is expected to arrive in the country next week.

Mr. Louis Mazel, Charge’ d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy, said that after the assessment, the first group of U.S. Peace Corps will be assigned at teacher training institutions in the country to help upgrade the standard of education as one of the key priority areas of the Liberian Government.