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Obama, Sirleafs Meeting sparks off mixed reactions

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/March 3, 2015)-The outcome of the just-ended Washington Meeting between U.S President, Barack Obama and his Liberian counterpart, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has triggered mixed reactions and public debates.

During the Meeting at the White House Friday, February 27, 2015, President Obama commended President Sirleaf for her outstanding leadership.

He pledged his government’s commitment to assist Liberia in its post-Ebola economic recovery efforts.

President Obama also hailed President Sirleaf and said: “Madam President, you have worked steadily to solidify democracy, reduce corruption, and deliver basic services to a very poor country like Liberia.”

“The Government and people of America are grateful to the Government and people of Liberia for the progress made in the fight against Ebola in your country,” the U.S President noted.

As a consequence of such important political engagement, scores of Liberians have begun questioning the rationale behind the US President’s commitment so far.

In their reaction, many Liberians view President Obama’s commendation as unrealistic and questioned the performance of President Sirleaf on the one hand, while others feel the Liberian Leader deserves such recognition from the Government and people of the United States of America on the other.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show Monday, March 2, 2015, the Director of Public Affairs at the Ministry of State said: “The U.S Government’s support to Liberia is critical to the economic development of the country.”

Mr. Ekena Wesley said: “President Sirleaf has done so much in ensuring a democratic environment, coupled with the demonstration of exemplary leadership.”

He described the President’s meeting with US Congressmen, major bilateral partners and the Oval Office at the weekend as important moments Liberians must celebrate.

At the same time, Assistant Information Minister for Information Services, Albert Jajah, added: “The meeting further created a renewed spirit towards the consolidation of the already cordial and historical relations between Liberia and America.”

 


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