S/Korean Parliament Speaker Expresses Support for Liberia’s Peaceful Transition

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(L-R) Mr. Seo, Senator Morias, Senator Kaipay, Senator Tengbeh, Mr. Joo, Speaker Chung Sye-kyun, Mr. Arkoi, Senator Zargo, Mrs. Zargo & Mrs. Park

The Speaker of the parliament of South Korea, Chung Sye-Kyun, has expressed his country’s desire for the success of Liberia’s peaceful democratic transition.

Speaker Chung also said Korea would be glad to not only strengthen and consolidate its already cordial and mutually rewarding relations with Liberia but also share its postwar development experience with the West African nation in its peace-building and reconstruction endeavors.

The Korean parliament Speaker made these remarks at his offices recently in Seoul, when a high-powered Liberian Senatorial delegation which participated in the fourth World Summit, dedicated to addressing the world’s critical challenges including peace, security and human development, and the World Assembly of International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), paid a courtesy call on him.

Speaking during the courtesy visit, members of the Liberian senatorial delegation headed by Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morias, who is also Chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, included Lofa County Senator, Stephen Zargo, who doubles as Chairman of the Senate’s Statutory Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veteran Affairs; Senators George Tengbeh and Jonathan Kaipay of Lofa and Grand Bassa Counties respectively. The head of the delegation, Sen. Morias, commended the government and people of Korea for their support to Liberia in its peace-building and development process.

Senator Morias also underscored the need for relations between the Liberian Legislature and the Korean Parliament aimed at the mutual benefits of the governments and peoples of the two countries.

The meeting of Liberian senatorial delegation with the Speaker of the Korean Parliament in Seoul was facilitated by the Better Future Foundation (BFF), a Liberian development advocacy group which is dedicated to promoting people-to-people diplomacy, including socioeconomic and international cultural understanding and cooperation, in collaboration with Joo, An-Ja, Chairman of PALDO MADANG CO. LTD, an international agric-development, fishery and food processing enterprise based in Korea.

During the meeting, BFF President Augustine Arkoi introduced members of the Liberian senatorial delegation to the Speaker of the Korean Parliament and historicized the bilateral, cordial and mutually rewarding relations that existed between Liberia and South Korea since the administration of former President of Korea Chung Doo Hwang and the late President of Liberia, Samuel Kanyon Doe.

Mr. Arkoi, who studied Korean language and cultural studies in South Korea, on behalf of the Liberian civil society, lauded the friendly and peace-loving people of Korea for their immense financial, human resource and material contributions to Liberia, especially when the country was faced with the crisis of the lethal Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in 2014, that devastated the West African sub-region.

The BFF president, at the same time, emphasized the need for Liberia and South Korea to reactivate their bilateral relations and development cooperation programs to include the New Village Movement (Saemaul Undong), as well as the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) projects for the co-prosperity of the two countries.

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