‘Liberia Ready to Strengthen, Rekindle Historic Bilateral Ties With United States’

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President George M. Weah (right) is the latest among many world leaders who have already congratulated the U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden (right).

— President Weah

For Most African countries and their leaders, the news of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being elevated to the status as President-elect and Vice President-elect (respectively) of the United States of America, is unprecedented and quite welcome. During the administration of President Donald J. Trump, only one African president visited the White House. And it wasn’t President George Manneh Weah.

It was the leader of Africa’s largest economy, Muhammadu Buhari.

For Liberia, America’s oldest ally on the continent, things have been less than rosy. Let’s just say that, at least President Weah was able to get a snaphot with President Trump through his good friend and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nyetanyahu, at the Paris Forum in Paris, France, in November 2018. Little more is known about the engagement between the Liberian President an his American counterpart.

Barely a year earlier, December 2017, President Trump had tried to strongarm his way to get the UN member states to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Liberia, being a close traditional ally of the United States, voted against Trump’s wish. As a result the Deferred Enforced Departure status for many Liberians living on temporary status in the US was threatened. However, after much appeal and lobbying with some friendly US congressmen, the Trump administration rescinded its decision and gave Liberians a pathway to citizenship, which was better than were they were before.

Recently, the Trump administration responded swiftly to request for technical assistance from the government to investigate the case of the alleged L$16 billion. But just a few months ahead of Liberia’s December 8 senatorial mid-term elections, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement threatening denial of visas to anyone who would cause chaos, commit elections fraud and destabilize the peace of the West African subregion.

For President George Manneh Weah, the change in the US government administration may not have come at a better time, or so it seems. He has moved ahead to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden “following his victory in that country’s recent Presidential election,” a statement from the Executive Mansion says.

The Liberian Leader is the latest of many around the world who have already congratulated the U.S. President-elect. Before his historic win, Biden previously served as Vice President under former President Barack Obama.

The Liberian leader also congratulated Senator Kamala Harris, who was elected as the first female and first black Vice President of the United States. He said Vice President-Elect Harris’ election will serve as an inspiration to all women and people of color that they can become whatever they aspire to with determination, commitment and hard work.

President Weah said the American President-elect is assuming the leadership of the United States at very challenging time, when the world is faced with a global health crisis. He called on Americans to forge ahead in “peace and unity”, a reference to the polarized political environment that occasioned the period of electioneering. 

Rekindling the Relationship

“As Liberia’s traditional ally, we stand ready to further enhance and rekindle our long, historic and unique bilateral relations,” President Weah said. The two countries have had a longstanding special relationship dating back to the 1800s, when America played a crucial role in Liberia’s foundation.

According to Dr. D. Elwood Dun, a Liberian historian and professor emeritus of Swanee-University of the South, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries in 1862, they have never suspended their relations. “There have, however, been strains during some Liberian presidencies. Examples include Edwin Barclay, Tolbert, Doe and Taylor,” he said.

According to the Executive Mansion, stronger ties between both countries in recent years have given rise to American support for Liberian institutions, as a means of helping to consolidate the Liberian democracy. But there has also been cooperation in other areas, including education, health and infrastructure.

While President Weah has made his administration available to rekindle the relationship with US under Biden, it might actually depend on key issues or interest the administration of Biden wants to pursue.

“Relations with a Biden administration will depend on their assessment of the Weah presidency,” Dr. Dunn suggests. “And those who led Africa policy during the Obama administration are likely to be players in Biden’s. Some may include Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield, who served in Liberia. If a friendly and serious posture is sensed, Washington is more likely to listen to Liberia’s priorities.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. rekindle what? USA does not trust the criminals that run that God forsaken country. First pay back the Donor funds. Show USA that you will use the money wisely instead of building mansions and starving the people. the new ambassador who was placed by trump will tell the state department all of the dirty misgivings of the Weah government. Do you think that the USA will send money to Liberia. America is not stupid. they know more about liberia than Liberians.

  2. WHAT HAS AMERICAN DONE FOR LIBERIA? 99 year firestone contract. Neglect and abuse. Liberians kiss america butt but show me one edifice that America has given Liberia. USA feel sorry for Liberia like and ugly cripple dog in the neighborhood that you will not allow in the house. for 4 years USA did not allow President Weah to step foot in the White House? WHY” because Usa does not give a cow’s @ss about liberia

    • if biden led the African policy then why did he not visit africa at all. He never invited Dull “Weah” to the united states for an official visit. Now Weah wants and invitation so he can take pictures with Biden to get more stealing money

      • BE OBJECTIVE! How on earth can YOU CHOOSE TO COMMIT SUCH CRIME AND ABOMINATION ’while we see headlines and leads as “Liberia has made improvements in the ensuring rule of law and gender in economy, according to the new Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) scorecard expected to be released on Monday“!

        DO YOU NOT KNOW WEAH IS THE CHARISMATIC TRANSFORMATIONAL LIBERIAN LEADER BIDEN IS EAGER TO WORK WITH?

        How on earth can YOU CHOOSE TO COMMIT SUCH CRIME AND ABOMINATION ’while we see HIGHLY CREDIBLE headlines and leads as “The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has drawn up a comparison from data attained from Transparency International’s 10th Global Corruption Barometer capturing the corruption index of 2019 which shows that corruption in Liberia was minimized in 2019 compared to its soaring heights in 2015 when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was President.“!!

        DO YOU NOT KNOW WEAH IS THE CHARISMATIC TRANSFORMATIONAL LIBERIAN LEADER BIDEN IS EAGER TO WORK WITH. FOR WEAH IS IN BIDEN AND BIDEN IS IN WEAH DEMOCRATICALLY SPEAKING OR WRITING?

  3. Unfortunately, the Liberian leader refused to acknowledge and congratulate two distinguished Liberian Americans who were elected to the United States House of Representatives in this 2020 American Elections. What is even more astonishing about their election is that they were both born in Liberia and fled the Liberian uncivil war to settle in America. Liberians everywhere should be proud of Hon. Nathan Biah and Naquetta Ricks for their historic elections.

    Though, we have had Mr. Paye Flomo, a Liberian American elected during the time of President Obama as City Major of Hampton in Minnesota, and another Liberian elected in another state in America, this is the first time that Liberians have been elected to the United States House of Representatives.

    I personally believe that these two Liberian American Representatives will help shine light on social, political and economic situations in the American Government. Previously, Liberian lobbyists have to go through African-American lawmakers for access to the US Government. We are proud that we have another avenue to state our case to the American Government.

  4. This President elect of the U.S. will only be interested in Liberian small business relationship to help build the Liberian economy and see the needs in order that the actual Liberians get the benefits or their resources. They do not even know him and rushing to congratulate without concession and inauguration. Do not enter. Praying for Liberia.

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