Congressman Butterfield Lauds Liberia-America Relations

Monday, 17th August 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The head of the visiting United States congressional delegation, Representative George K. Butterfield, says Americans are proud of the relations between the United States and Liberia, and that the friendship between the two countries is “as strong as ever has been.”

“As leaders of the free world, we are going to develop a new Africa policy, we are going to expand on what we have and you are going to see the difference,” he assured.

Congressman Butterfield was speaking on August 16 at a reception tendered in their honor by Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the Robert L. Johnson Resort in Kendeja.

“On behalf of the President of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, we are delighted to tell you that our friendship with you is strong and will become even stronger as President Barack Obama develops his new Africa policy,” he added. He said their mission is not just a trip of friendship and humanitarian gestures, but a trade trip, adding, “We want to talk about trade and investment in this great country.”
Congressman Butterfield said Americans want to create a new partnership that will yield mutual benefits for both Liberia and the United States, adding, “Our responsibility as a progressive nation is to try to assist you in turning the corner and really making a difference.”
He said despite the huge challenges the United States faces as a result of quality of life, “We want every person of the world to be able to prosper; to be able to have education and to have healthcare so that they can reach their full potential.”
The U.S. congressman warned that terrorism is a threat facing the whole world, and hence everyone should be concerned about it and work together to face the future.