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U.S Congress backs Americas support to Liberia

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President Sirleaf with Senator Coons and other Congressmen at the U.S. Congress
President Sirleaf with Senator Coons and other Congressmen at the U.S. Congress

(elbcradio.com/Feb. 28, 2015)-The United States Congress has assured President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of America‘s preparedness to assist Liberia reach a zero case and post-Ebola economic recovery.

The U.S Congress said Liberia deserves America’s supportand reassured President Sirleaf of their commitment to ensuring that the country’s situation is restored to foster its development agenda.

According to a dispatch, the U.S Congress gave the assurance Thursday, February 26, 2015 when key U.S Congressional leaders from both Houses of Congress met with President Sirleaf in Washington, D.C., the United States.

In separate remarks at different meetings, the U.S Senators and Representatives, welcomed the Liberian Leader and delegation and held discussions on several critical issues about Liberia.

Democratic Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, recalled President Sirleaf’s visit in 2007 when she addressed the Joint Session of both Houses.

She described President Sirleaf as a true friend to Government and people of America, and that they appreciate the special recognition accorded the late Congressman, Donald Payne.

Madam Pelosi said:” The American people are grateful for the progress made by Liberia in containing the Ebola Virus.”

“The U.S Government will stand by Liberia as the country works toward reaching the zero case level and the post-Ebola recovery plan,” she said.

At the same time, Senator Chris Coons of the U.S Congress said: “We will use our respective offices, influence and authority, to give Liberia the needed support to move the fringes of Ebola to a plain of sustained recovery and development.”

The U.S Congressional leaders also highlighted the compelling need for sustainable electrical power for Liberia under the Power Africa Program.

Earlier, President Sirleaf told the U.S Congressional leaders and members that Liberia is back in business and lauded America and the International Community for their contributions in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.

“We are grateful indeed for thisdevelopment because our kids are back in school; markets are buzzing again, while our borders have reopened to enhance sub regional trade.”

President Sirleaf is currently visiting the United States of America to show appreciation to the U.S Government and people for their support to Liberia during the height of the Ebola crisis.

While in the United States, the Liberian Leader met with key Congressional leaders and high ranking members of both Houses of the U.S Congress in Washington, D.C.
On Thursday, February 27, 2015, President Sirleaf and delegation held discussions with House Democratic Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Senators Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy of the Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.

President Sirleaf also met with Senator Jeffery Flake and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Christ Coons of the Senate Subcommittee on Appropriation, Representative Ed Royce, and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, among others.

 


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