Obama Meets Vietnam’s Communist Leader

Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, U.S. President Barack Obama and the head of Vietnam’s Communist Party sat side by side in the Oval Office, hailing the “remarkable progress” in relations between the former enemies.
“Obviously, there has been a difficult history between our two countries in the 20th century and there continues to be significant differences in political philosophy and political systems between our two countries. But because, I think, of the effort of leaders in both parties here in the U.S. and leaders in Vietnam, what we have seen is the emergence of a constructive relationship that is based on mutual respect, and that has benefited the peoples of both countries,”  Obama said.

Members of the House of Representatives Tuesday unanimously agreed to honor a request by the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde to meet them on a date to be decided.

The Representatives reached the decision following the reading of a letter President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sent to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, dated June 29, and read in Session on Tuesday, informing them about the visit of Madam Lagarde to Liberia from July 16 to17.

In her letter President Sirleaf told the legislators that Madam Lagarde will use the visit to gain a deeper understanding of Liberia’s post-Ebola challenges, and discuss with key stakeholders opportunities for partnership support to the country.

According to the Liberian leader, the IMF Managing Director has expressed a particular desire to engage the National Legislature, adding, “In view of the above, I ask that you honor Ms. Lagarde’s request by convening a Joint Session of the 53rd Legislature to provide her the opportunity for this engagement.”

The Liberian Chief Executive also indicated that the IMF is a key international financial institution, with Liberia’s membership dating back to the 1960s.

“It is a key partner to Liberia, working through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). This support is largely achieved through programs that provide Balance of Payment support to CBL”, she emphasized.

President Sirleaf also noted that the IMF provided exceptional support to Liberia during the Ebola crisis. READ  MORE OF THIS STORY


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