Vice President Boakai Meets Jendayi Frazer

Monday, 1st October 2007
Washington, USA - Liberian Vice President Dr. Joseph N. Boakai now on the final leg of his two-week visit to the United States, Monday met with U. S Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi D. Frazer at the U.S State Department in Washington.

In response to a request by Vice President Boakai, Madam Frazer assured that the U.S Government was seriously considering making Liberia the base for the Africa Command of U.S forces (AFRICOM), but advised that the Liberian Government should approach the U.S Department of Defense which has the final say in such matters.

The U.S Assistant Secretary of State emphasized that the U.S government intends for Liberia to host this command, but observed that making available land for the U.S government to construct infrastructure for such a base would be an incentive.

She assured the Liberian government of Americaís continued support to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration.

The U.S Assistant Secretary of State called on Liberians on the Temporary Protective Status (TPS), whose stay was recently extended by 18 months, to begin preparing to return home or try to attain permanent residence status.

In remarks, Vice President Boakai thanked the U.S Assistant Secretary of State for the kind sentiments, and commended the U.S government for the funding and expertise it was providing for the training of the new Armed Forces of Liberia.

Vice President Boakai called on the U.S government to support efforts to restore the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata to its old self, to facilitate the training of youths, especially ex-combatants, most of whom, he noted cannot read and write.

Vice President Boakai observed that providing life-supporting skills to ex-combatants would make them useful citizens and help reduce the high crime rate.

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai Monday paid a courtesy call New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne at the Capitol in Washington D.C.

In remarks during Vice President Boakaiís visit, the U.S lawmaker commended Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the remarkable leadership she is providing which, he noted, has made Liberia to be once again recognized within the comity of nations.

He assured his fullest cooperation and support to Liberiaís reconstruction and development.

Vice President Boakai used the occasion to thank the United States government for its support to Liberiaís recovery effort.