US, Norway Pledge to Solidify Ties with Liberia

Ambassadors McCulley (left) and Kemayah

-Pay Courtesy Visits on new Liberian Permanent Representative to the UN 

The Senior Advisor for Africa at the United States Mission to the United Nations says the United States is ready to work in order to further solidify the excellent ties already subsisting between the United States and Liberia, particularly at the level of the United Nations.

Ambassador Terence P. McCulley made the pledge recently when he paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations.

Ambassador McCulley extolled President George Manneh Weah for what he termed as a successful participation in the High-Level Debate of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The American diplomat also congratulated Ambassador Kemayah for his election as Chairman of the United Nations Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee and commended him for his leadership of such a crucial committee.

According to a dispatch from the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations, Ambassador McCulley also used the visit to share the United States’ interests at the United Nations, and sought Liberia’s support in a number of areas; including the promotion of fundamental freedom, particularly the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of association, as well as human rights.

In response, Ambassador Kemayah thanked Ambassador McCulley for the visit and described it as a great start in taking the excellent friendly ties between the United States and the Government of Liberia to a new and elevated level.

He assured Ambassador McCulley that the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations under his leadership will work in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the United States, to ensure that the interests of both countries are mutually projected.

Ambassador Kemayah also assured the United States of the unwavering support of the Government of Liberia, particularly in its pursuit to ensure that the human rights of all peoples are protected.

In a related development, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Norway to the United Nations Ambassador Tore Hattrem also paid a courtesy visit on Ambassador Kemayah, pledging Norway’s commitment to continue working with Liberia in the areas of energy and marine resources; peace, stability and security; climate change and the environment; and development policy and humanitarian efforts.

Ambassador Hattrem said in addition to Norway’s current support to Liberia, his country would encourage Norwegian investors to explore investment opportunities in Liberia, especially in the oil and gas sector.

The dispatch from the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations quoted Ambassador Hattrem as expressing the hope that his visit would serve as a great start in maintaining the already excellent ties of friendship subsisting between Norway and Liberia, particularly at the highest diplomatic stage of multilateralism – the United Nations.

Ambassador Kemayah expressed deep appreciation to Norway for its meaningful contributions to Liberia over the years and welcomed its consideration to explore investment opportunities in Liberia, especially in the area of oil and gas, stressing that Liberia was in urgent need of meaningful investments to help build its economy.

Ambassador Kemayah praised the ties of friendship subsisting between Liberia and Norway, and assured that it will continue to flourish under the leadership of President George Weah.


  1. Good.
    The US and Liberia are old friends. The friendship started during the 1800s. The friendship still goes on. That’s marvelous. But, sad to say, the US is the world’s most powerful and developed country, while Liberia is one of the world’s most poorest in everything except natural resources. When Liberia declared independence in 1847, approximately 90% of the continent of Africa was controlled by European imperialists. However, one hundred years later, most countries in Africa that became independent of European imperialism are much better off than America’s traditional friend.
    What really, really happened? How did Liberia slip in the dumps? Whereas the US can manufacture automobiles, Liberia, a country that’s the oldest African Republic cannot manufacture diaper pins or even a hanger to hang a woman’s blouse!

    Goodness! What’s really wrong with us? Maybe, it’s not what’s wrong with us, but rather, what has been the problem or problems of Liberia’s past presidents? As a dependent nation, the inhabitants of Liberia cannot survive without foreign aid pouring into the country. And yet when foreign aid gets in the country, no one sees how many meaningful projects have been undertaken. In other words, where does the foreign aid money go? In their pockets? Switzerland?

    During the 1980s, the Reagan government gave $500 million dollars in aid to Liberia. That $500 million dollars wasn’t the only assistance that Liberia received. Of course, foreign assistance poured in from European countries as well as Asian countries. But yet, no meaningful roads were built. No underground pipes for water were considered. No nationwide electricity was conceived of as being in the best interst of the country. There were no enough textbooks for students. There was no good transportation, either by car or plane. The best and brightest of students were not given meaningful scholarships to study abroad. Most hospitals became dilapidated. The list continues.

    Does anyone blame America, our traditional friend for the mess that’s been caused by Liberia’s past presidents? For once, an introspection is needed. Before we blame our most powerful friend, we need to ask ourselves this question…..What’s really wrong with us? Oh no! Not us. Them. The past Liberian Presidents. Were Liberia’s presidents patriotic? Did the past presidents have any vision for the country? What really happened?

    Are Liberians going to be as they are until Christ’s Second Coming?

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