MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Like mother and child relationship, Liberia has a long-standing historical bond with the Government of the United States.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Liberia in 1864; 17 years after it declared independence from the American Colonization Society (A CS), an organization that resettled free African-Americans and freed slaves in Liberia.
Since then, Liberia has and continues to enjoy the support of America in the areas of health, infrastructural development, maintenance of peace and security, democratic governance and manpower development, among others.
Just recently during the celebration of Liberia’s 175th Independence Anniversary, the sustained bilateral tie with ‘Uncle Sam’ was again manifested, when US Ambassador to Liberia, Michael McCarthy disclosed that President Joe Biden has invited the Liberian Leader, George Weah, to attend the African Leaders’ Conference in Washington DC., slated for December this year.
The American Ambassador hailed the longstanding and traditional bilateral relationship existing between Liberia and the United States, and observed that while there are challenges; Liberia has made some significant strides, mainly in efforts to protect democracy by ensuring freedom of the press, free speech and democratic electoral processes.
Upon the pronouncement by the US Ambassador, President Weah immediately conveyed to President Biden, through the U.S. Ambassador, his gratitude for the invite and assured his presence at the conference.
The Liberian leader acknowledged the cordial relationship subsisting between America and Liberia, and expressed gratitude for America’s continuous support to the development programs of his country.
Liberia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank.
That is why we at LBS maintain that Liberia’s Traditional Ties with the United States remains irreversible.
We believe Liberia’s representation at the African Leaders’ Conference in Washington is a golden opportunity to further cement the bilateral ties and flag the Country’s case for continued support for peace, security and national development.
Let us embrace the invitation from the US President and look forward to a fruitful outcome for the transformation of our beloved country, as U.S. assistance and engagement is critical to Liberia’s long-term development.
By: Vi ctor D. Kezelee, Sr.