U.S. Dem. Senators Affirm Support to JNB -Congratulate Him; Hail Liberians for Commitment to Democracy
MONROVIA: As the date for the inauguration of Liberia’s 25th president inches closer, three prominent United States Senators from the ruling Democratic Party have applauded President-elect Joseph Nyuma Boakai on his election, and the Liberian people for their commitment to advancing Liberia’s democracy.
In a December 13, 2023 letter to President-elect Boakai, Senators Christopher A. Coons (D-Del), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.) reminded the incoming Liberian leader of the shared relationship that exists between the United States and Liberia, and that they look forward to working with Mr. Boakai to further strengthen this important partnership through combating corruption, improving food security, growing economic opportunities, and preserving Liberia’s security and security, among others.
“Over the past two decades, Liberia has become a force for democracy and stability in West Africa. Liberia’s democratic model is now more important than ever as violence and instability have spread across the region. As you know, democracies must meet the needs of their citizens in order to thrive, and we hope to work with you to address the most pressing challenges facing Liberians. This includes enhancing our cooperation to combat corruption, improve food security, grow economic opportunities, and preserve Liberia’s security and stability, as well as continue efforts to ensure all Liberian citizens have access to civil liberties and constitutional rights,” the trio stated emphatically.
The senators averred that they were especially encouraged by Ambassador Boakai’s campaign commitments to root out corruption and uphold the rule of law, and look forward to working together in support of these commitments.
“At this critical moment for West Africa, we remain committed to fostering our enduring relationship with you, your government, and the people of Liberia. Congratulations again on your election, and we look forward to working with you,” Senators Coons, Hollen and Booker said.
It can be recalled that Sens. Coons and Booker, in collaboration with Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a resolution in 2017 reaffirming U.S.-Liberia partnership and calling for free, fair, and peaceful elections on October 10, 2017.
“The United States has a strong and unique bond with the Liberian people over the course of a 200-year history together. The October elections are a critical step for sustaining democratic progress in Liberia,” said the Senators. “The people of Liberia have endured through the horrors of civil war and the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, but due to their resilience and the leadership of President Sirleaf, Liberia has become a force for democracy and stability in West Africa. The United States Congress remains committed to maintaining and fostering our enduring relationship with the people and the Government of Liberia,” the three senators noted at the time.