…Ambassador Elder Assures
By Necus M. Andrews
United States Ambassador to Liberia has assured that the long standing relationship that exists between Liberia and the United States of America remains strong and mutual.
Ambassador Christine Elder says the United States’ commitment to Liberia is deep with clear mutual goals, which have allowed both countries to make great strides toward cooperation, development and security.
Ambassador Elder spoke Wednesday in Monrovia at programs marking the 241st anniversary of the United States of America.
She disclosed the reopening of the Mount Coffee Power Plant extension of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The U.S. Ambassador believes that none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the superb cooperation of the government of Liberia and the international partners.
“In assessing the impact of U.S. assistance programs, I have visited nearly half of Liberia’s counties: Bomi, Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Margibi and Montserrado. Thank you for always making me feel so welcome,” Ambassador Elder said.
She said the United States supported Liberia’s request to extend UNMIL through the presidential transition until March 2018.
The U.S. Ambassador told President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that as her second term draws to a close, she and her government can take pride in the progress of rebuilding the foundation of the nation.
Commenting on the pending elections, Ambassador Elder said whoever earns the most votes in October or November; let them and every Liberian safeguard all aspects of progress as if it were their own and focus on building upon the foundation with new priorities for the nation.
In remarks, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf thanked the United Sates for its support to her government.
President Johnson-Sirleaf said the U.S. government’s support demonstrates the continued mutual relationship that has existed between the two countries. Johnson-Sirleaf assured the U.S. Government of smooth transition.