“We will remain Allies” -Pres. Weah Salutes USA@247

MONROVIA: In commemoration of the Two Hundred and Forty-Seventh (247th) Independence anniversary of the United States of America which is officially celebrated on 4th July each year, President George Manneh Weah has sent his warmest greetings and felicitations to his counterpart, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr, the Government and the illustrious people of that country on the historic occasion. Pres. Weah used the occasion to extol the long-standing relationship existing between both countries, stating that both countries will remain traditional friends and allies.

Speaking at the anniversary program held at the Executive Pavilion on Ashmun Street, Monrovia yesterday, President Weah went down memory lane to state that Liberia is a natural and mutual ally of the United States, and asserted that “some of the founding fathers of the Republic of Liberia came out of the United States”.

“They came here in pursuit of Liberty, Justice and Equality. Although Liberia was never a colony of the United States, Liberians were not left alone in their struggle to defend their independence and sovereignty”, President Weah said.

President Weah further stated that the United States declared a special interest in Liberia maintaining its sovereignty, and has worked diligently since Liberia’s humble beginnings as Africa’s first Republic to ensure that the country remained an independent country throughout its existence, saying the people of Liberia are grateful for this stand, and “equally proud of our relationship”.

“Our two countries have shared values and common positions on political ideology, liberal democracy, open capitalist economic systems, human rights, and the exercise and protection of the rights of our citizens. We hold these shared values as sacred, and will continue to defend them without compromise.

“Together, we will continue to be aggressive for what is right for Liberia, in order to save Liberia from those who want to be aggressive for what is wrong for Liberia.

“We are also very proud of the leadership role the United States has played, and continues to play, on the world stage. We pledge to remain your traditional friend and ally, and to fight along with you in our common cause in defense of democracy across the world”, President Weah said.

The President said it was in this light that Liberia supports United Nations and international concerted efforts for the restoration of lasting peace in Ukraine, adding “we will remain united in our common stance on human rights, good governance and the rule of law”.

President Weah also used the occasion to extend his thanks and appreciation to the outgoing United States Ambassador to Liberia Michael A. McCarthy who leaves the country shortly after ending his tenure in Liberia having taken up his assignment in January 2021.

“I wish to say to you in this public manner, Ambassador McCarthy, that Liberia and Liberians appreciate the work you have done here during your tour of duty.  It is our hope that you will be successful in all your future endeavors.

“Let me also congratulate Mr. Joel Maybury, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United States in Monrovia, who will shortly be ending his tour of duty in Monrovia. I say God bless you”, President Weah said.

“And now, Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I invite you to raise your glasses and drink with me to the good health, long life and happiness of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.; to the prosperity and well-being of the American people; and to the bonds of friendship and cooperation which so happily exist between the Republic of Liberia and the United States of America”, President Weah concluded.

Comments are closed.