MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President George Weah has urged U.S. President Joe Biden and the U.S. Government to give maximum support to Liberia’s elections in 2023.
President Weah believes such support will help consolidate democracy, rule of law, and enhance growth and development in Liberia and Africa as a whole.
According to an Executive Mansion release issued recently, President Weah made the call when a select group of African leaders joined President Biden at the White House in Washington, D.C. for a discussion on the margins of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit 2022.
It added that during the meeting, the Liberian Leader reiterated his strong commitment to the tenets of democracy, where the will of the people prevails.
For his part, President Biden urged the leaders in attendance to ensure that the democratic processes under their leadership are free, fair and transparent.
The Executive Mansion release further quotes President Biden as committing US support to the advancement of the ideals of democracy, rule of law, peace and security and development on the African Continent.
Meanwhile, President Biden has disclosed plan to commit fifty-five- billion US Dollars to Africa in the next three years.
The U.S. President said he is closely working along with U.S. Congress to ensure that such support is given to advance shared priorities and to support the AU Agenda 2063.
He said the number represents a comprehensive commitment from the US to invest in Africans, infrastructure, health and security, among others.
President Biden stated that the US shared vision statement lays out a partnership between Africa and the United States, adding that they will work with African leaders on issues that matter most to the people’s lives.
President Biden also said the US is looking forward to increase its collaboration in every area, from rural communities to urban areas, cyber space, among others.
At the same time the US Government has committed to help African countries assess the financing they need to build sustainable and inclusive economies.
US President Joe Biden said:” The US is leading a global effort to pursue equitable arrangements for global creditors to provide debt relief. This is necessary to enable African countries to prioritize their people, not back breaking debt payments.”
He further urged the US Congress for the authority to lend twenty-billion dollars to the IMF to provide access to the necessary financing for low and middle-income countries.
The US President said such fund will help Africa’s recovery efforts and support projects that build resilience against future crisis.
By: Naway Gumeh