President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled the excellent relationship that has subsisted between Liberia and the United States of America for over a century.
She pointed out that the U.S. has successfully cooperated and collaborated with Liberia in many sectors, including governance, security, energy, education, health, agriculture and recalled the huge contributions of the U.S. during the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement recently when she received the Letters of Credence of the new U.S Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Christine Elder.
President Sirleaf told the new U.S. envoy that as a result of the efforts of the U.S and the rest of the international community and the experience gained during the Ebola crisis, the response capacity of Liberia has been built, as reflected in the containment of the few outbreaks that followed.
She reminded Americans that the 2017 General and Presidential Elections are important to Liberia, noting that the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections is the key to maintaining peace, security and development and called on the Americans to stand with Liberia during the process.
“The 2017 elections are very important for Liberia because it will be the first time in decades to have a peaceful transition whereby a sitting democratically-elected President will be transferring power to another democratically-elected President.
“This will indeed be a moment of history for Liberia and so we urge the U.S. and others to stand with us and support the process,” President Sirleaf said.
She told the new American Ambassador that the entire country was looking forward to receiving a distinguished guest with the visit of the First Lady of America, Michelle Obama on 27 June, 2016. “We will receive her and look forward to a long stay in the future,” she added.
The Liberian President concluded by acknowledging the roles and contributions of American auxiliary institutions toward Liberia’s rebuilding efforts and pledged the country’s commitment to the partnership and friendship with the United States of America.
For her part, Ambassador Elder expressed satisfaction for her assignment to Liberia and pointed out that she has the full backing and support of both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for her Liberian mission.
“I am very proud of our team in Liberia and appreciate the many things they have done to help the country with its transformation process,” Ambassador Elder indicated.
She described the U.S. partnership and cooperation with Liberia as impressive, adding that she looks forward to working with President Sirleaf and her government to the very last days of her administration.
She assured Liberians that the United States Government will cooperate with and support Liberia as UNMIL draws down and urged Liberians themselves to build peace among themselves.
“The United States of America and Liberia will continue to cooperate and we sincerely acknowledged the progress Liberia has made. You have demonstrated an extraordinary leadership and commitment to Liberia’s transformation. The visit of First Lady Michelle Obama will also help strengthen the relationship between Liberia and the U.S,” Ambassador Elder noted