Vice President Boakai and Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook Discuss Religious Freedoms

Friday, 13th September 2013

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says Liberia is a Country of religious tolerance and has succeeded in promoting and upholding religious freedoms through methods that are unique to Liberia.

The Vice President said some of the methods are culturally oriented with each group recognizing the rights of others under the laws, while exercising their religious rights.

Vice President Boakai was speaking Thursday when he met with United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook on Capitol Hill to discussed issues with respect to religious freedom in Liberia.

He said traditional knowledge and experience are used in the resolution of religious disputes in parts of the Country where there were tension spots.

Touching on US-Liberia relationship, Vice President Boakai extolled the longstanding traditional ties between the United States and Liberia. He requested Ambassador Johnson Cook and to convey to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry the best wishes of the Liberian Government and people.

Earlier Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook said, she called on the Vice President to understand how Liberia has succeeded in the area of religious tolerance especially in contexts where others have failed in areas which are sources of conflict in other regions.

She said Christians and Muslims in Liberia are getting along in ways that need to be understood for possible partnership and collaboration based on the peace model unique to Liberia.

Ambassador Johnson Cook is the principal Adviser to both the President of the United States and Secretary of State for Religious Freedom globally.