In Observance of US 231st Independence, President Sirleaf Lauds US-Liberia Relations

Wednesday, 4th July 2007
President Sirleaf and US Ambassador Donald E. Booth at the US Embassy in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf and US Ambassador Donald E. Booth at the US Embassy in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday led senior government officials to a reception marking the 231st Independence Anniversary of the United States. 

At the reception held at the U.S. embassy to mark the occasion, the President congratulated the government and people of the United States on the occasion, and spoke highly of the partnership existing between the two countries.

President Johnson Sirleaf lauded the United States government for its role in ending the civil conflict in Liberia and its continued support toward the countryís reconstruction efforts.

The Liberian President made particular reference to the financial support being given by the United States government towards the countryís development.

The President also lauded U.S. governmentís support toward debt relief and disclosed that Liberia will shortly benefit from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation for development assistance, having met most of the benchmarks.

The President described the United States decision to construct a new Embassy complex in Monrovia and as well as other significant support Liberia receives from institutions, foundations, Universities and individuals as vivid expressions and indications of the new mutually beneficial partnership that is beginning to evolve between Liberia and the United States of America.

The Commander in Chief welcomed the new United States policy towards Africaís security and development as reflected in the proposed establishment of a new Africa Command (AFRICOM). The Liberian leader described the move as not only a project of U.S. interest and power, but as a new approach to assisting African countries that are committed to democratic governance, sustainable development and improving the quality of life of their people, in a secured environment, and with the cooperation and support of the United States.

The President observed that Liberia, the U.S. historic ally, has stood resolutely with the United States, through good times and bad, and is offering its territory as it has done in the past, for the establishment of AFRICOM headquarters.

The Chief Executive said historical and strategic reasons make Liberia an ideal location for this important American initiative that will undoubtedly have a most beneficial effect on the West African sub-region, indeed the entire continent.

United States Ambassador to Liberia, Donald Booth, in remarks, praised the progress taking place in Liberia and said his government remains committed and supportive of Liberiaís development goals.

Read full text of President Sirleaf's speech