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Sanction reviewing in advanced stageAmb. Greenfield

By Patrick Flomo
U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield

( United States says it reviewing sanctions imposed on some Liberians for their involvement in the country’s civil conflict.

U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said: “The sanction review exercise has reached an advanced stage and America may soon de-list some of those affected.”

Madam Greenfield made the assertion recently when Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, met with her at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Greenfield also welcomed efforts being undertaken by the Liberian Government and people regarding the issue of dual citizenship.

She noted: “Liberia stands to benefit enormously from dual citizenship, given the abundant human capital of Liberians in the Diaspora.”

According to a dispatch from Washington, D.C., the American Ambassador’s comments were in response to Foreign Minister Ngafuan’s follow-up statements of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s earlier request that the US Government reviews its sanction list.

The US sanction list comprises Liberians, many of whom have already been de-listed from the U.N. sanction list.

In his follow-up remarks, Minister Ngafuan said: “The lifting of the sanctions by the U.S. Government may aid Liberia’s current reconciliation drive and enhance more positive contributions to the development and progress of the country.”

Minister also spoke of the enormous progress made by the government and people of Liberia in the Diaspora in creating awareness about dual citizenship.

He expressed the hope that common ground may soon be achieved on the varying perspectives of dual citizenship.

The Liberian Foreign Minister added: “Legislation to the effect may be tabled to the National Legislature in due course.”

Minister Ngafuan earlier briefed Assistant Secretary Greenfield about Liberia’s progress and challenges, particularly pointing out that the country recently celebrated 10 years of uninterrupted peace.

He commended Liberia’s partners, including the United States, for standing by Liberia in the restoration and consolidation of peace in the country.

Minister Ngafuan underscored the special historical ties subsisting between the U.S. and Liberia, and praised the United States Government and people for providing critical support to the country during the process of reconstruction.

He also briefed the US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa on regional and sub-regional issues.

The Liberian Foreign Minister spoke particularly on efforts involving Liberia to ensuring stability in the West African Sub-region and Africa as a whole.


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