MONROVIA: Despite the setback of the heat exhaustion he experienced on Monday which interrupted his inaugural address, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai enthusiastically kicked off his presidency in high spirit yesterday, Tuesday, January 23, 2024 and demonstrated an urgency to undertake the task of governance for which he was elected just as he received high flying diplomats representing the United States of America and the Republic of Japan at his official residence and temporary office.
According to sources at the Executive Mansion President Boakai upbeat when he woke up in the morning, got prepared and in short time interval was adequately set to begin his long journey in the presidency amid surprise and astonishment from his top aides who were of the opinion that the President would have use the day to get enough rest while avoiding people who are not directly linked to his core work team.
On yesterday morning once the necessary clearances were given and the diplomats were informed about the scheduled meetings, President Boakai was at his desk attending to crucial national issues before the diplomats finally met him one after the other.
In a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador, xxxx discussions centered around mutual cooperation between the two countries and the need to further expand the relationship that will benefit the two countries and their respective citizens.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting, Liberia’s Ambassador accredited Japan, Blamo Nelson said President Boakai thanked the Japanese government for the level of technical support given to the country over the years that impacted the infrastructural development of the country especially in the area of road connectivity. He mentioned the Japanese Freeway most importantly.
For his part, according to Ambassador Nelson, the Japanese Ambassador, equally thanked the government of Liberia and the people of Liberia through President Boakai for the cordial relationship that has been existing between the two countries over the years.
“The Ambassador told President Boakai that his government appreciates the cordial relationship existing between the two countries and will further work with the Boakai administration to achieve its objective for the Liberian people. He specifically mentioned the Freeport to Via Town road project as well as the Freeport to po River Bridge projects and expressed commitment to undertake and complete the project”, Ambassador Nelson said.
In recognition of the historical ties between Liberia and the United States of America, Ambassador Linda Thomas- Greenfield also led a delegation yesterday to meet with President Boakai where frank discussions were held on Liberia’s democracy and areas of needs that the United States government could invest in
Speaking to the media at the end of the discussion which was held behind closed door, President Boakai, being elated of the outcome of the meeting said he has assured the US government of his commitment towards a responsible governance and transparency, just as he make a plead for more direct and indirect development from the government and people of the United States.
Ambassador Greenfield who once served as US Ambassador to Liberia and who also headed the Biden delegation the just concluded inauguration program told the media of the confidence the US government has in the President and will encourage their citizens to invest in the private sector of the country just as she assured Liberians that the her government is keen on more investments in education, technology, peace and security.