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President Weah Extolled For Support To Ivorian Refugees

President Weah Extolled For Support To Ivorian Refugees
Monrovia, Liberia - The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, Tuesday, June 21, 2022 met with a high-power delegation of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at the Executive Mansion.
The delegation headed by the High Commissioner for Refugee, Filippo Grandi, said they had come to thank President Weah and the Liberian people for the exceptional solidarity demonstrated towards Ivorian Refugees during their country’s darkest days.
On behalf of the team, Mr. Grandi said: “Mr. President, in a nutshell, I want to say thank you to you and the Liberian people for what you have done for Ivorian Refugees.”
Mr. Grandi told President Weah they decided to come to Liberia from Ivory Coast where they had met with President Alhassan Qattara to celebrate what he termed ‘success, not crisis,’ in terms of the unconditional return of Ivorian Refugees back home.
Though there were few Ivorian refugees still in Liberia, the UNHCR boss indicated that a good number of them are back home in line with an agreement reached to end their refugee status.
He said Liberians did exceptionally well in hosting Ivorian Refugees in ways that the refugees felt at home and did not feel rejected.
According to Mr. Grandi, it was good he came to Liberia, a country that hosted the huge number of Ivorian Refugees in the West African sub-region, to appreciate the government and people.
Responding to Mr. Grandi, the President said the government and people of Liberia were grateful to have impacted the lives of Ivorian Refugees in appreciation of what Ivory Coast and other nations did when Liberians faced a similar nightmare of being in refugee camps.
He said: “We are grateful that we can reciprocate. During our war, everyone came to our aid. We were once refugees, and there is no Liberian who will deny the fact that they or their close relatives were not once refugees.
"If anyone will forget, I wouldn’t forget because being a citizen of Liberia who was not in a refugee camp, I also felt the impact.”
President Weah said he was glad that Ivorian refugees were given the leverage and support to determine, on their own, whether to become citizens of Liberia or return home.
During the meeting, the UNHCR boss was gowned by the Liberian Government through the Liberia Refugee Repatriation Resettlement Commission.

'Liberia is Special to Israel" -President Herzog tells High level Liberian Delegation

'Liberia is Special to Israel" -President Herzog tells High level Liberian Delegation
Jerusalem, June 7, 2022: The President of Israel, His Excellency Isaac Herzog, has described his country's relations with Liberia as "special". President Herzog said both nations have had long-standing diplomatic ties dating back to the formation of the State of Israel.
According to a dispatch, he was speaking on Monday, June 6, 2022 in Jerusalem when he received a high-level Liberian Government Delegation headed by Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nathaniel F. McGill, who delivered a Special Message to the Israeli President and Government on behalf of President George M. Weah.
“Israel has deep respect for Liberia", the Israeli leader said, while noting that "this visit by the Minister [of State] and Delegation from President George Weah is historic.”
He said Israel considers Liberia a "strategic partner in Africa" and will therefore work to ensure that "our strategic partnership is advanced for the betterment of both countries”.
President Herzog informed the delagation that the potential for all kinds of Israeli investments in Liberia is vast. He named Trade and Commerce, Agriculture, Education, Health and Tourism as areas that require concerted approach by both countries for socio-economic development.
“We have all kinds of the expertise to assist Liberia in its development drive so the sooner we start our engagements, the better it will be", he stressed, while suggesting Israel needs "a big economic delegation to visit Liberia soon”.
The Israeli President also expressed his desire to visit Liberia himself in 2023, saying that “I want to follow in my father’s footsteps”- a reference to the visit of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog to Liberia in 1984.
Earlier, Liberia’s Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nathaniel F. McGill, conveyed President Weah's request for the establishment of a Trade Mission to Jerusalem, while extending the Liberian leader's sentiments of goodwill to the State of Israel. He recalled the strong ties the both countries have shared since the 1947 when Liberia cast a vital vote in favor of the establishment of the State of Israel at the United Nations.
“President Weah wants to rekindle the historic ties our both countries have relished over the years, that is why we have come to deliver a special message from him as contained in this formal letter he has sent to you and your government”, Minister Mcgill said.
Continuing, he said the establishment of a Trade Mission will set the basis for a full diplomatic representation to Israel in the future.
He briefed President Herzog about the progress Liberia is making under the leadership of President Weah, explaining that in spite of the negative impact of Ebola and Corona viruses on the Liberian economy, President Weah and his team have maintained macroeconomic stability, while keeping the country’s peaceful, in spite of the departure of the United Nation Peace Keeping Mission to Liberia.
“Next October will be elections in Liberia and we are committed to ensuring a peaceful democratic process” the Minister of State emphasized.
He then thanked President Herzog for receiving the Liberian Delegation and for the warm reception accorded them since their arrival.
Accompanying the Minister of State to the meeting with Israeli President were the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon Mawine Diggs, Minister of Agriculture, Hon Jeanie Cooper, and the Minister of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism Hon. Ledgerhood Rennie.

President Weah Meets Visiting UAE Delegation Exploring Food Security Initiatives

Monrovia, Liberia – The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, Tuesday, June 21, 2022 welcomed a United Arab Emirates (UAE) government delegation to Liberia and praised the people of that gulf state as being amongst Liberia’s true development partners.


Meeting the two-man technical assessment team at the Executive Mansion, President Weah heaped praises on the people and government of UAE for always responding to Liberia's development needs quickly and substantively.


He extended his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his able leadership and desire to see Liberia achieve its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).


The Team, comprising Abdula Ibraheem Mohamed Ahmed Alhamnadi and Mohamed Khalfan Ahmed Khalfan Al-Ali, thanked the Liberian Leader for the warm reception accorded them since their arrival into the country.


The delegation said they were sent to Liberia by their President in fulfillment of his promise to cooperate with President Weah through constructive partnership for the benefit of both country’s development.


While in the country, the team will conduct an assessment for the possibilities of rice production and development/expansion of the Free Port and other ports in Liberia.


In May 2022, the Liberian Chief Executive and the President of the Gulf State met at the Qasr Al Shati Palace in Dubai where they pledged mutual commitments of hindered cooperation between the two countries.


Tuesday's meeting was also attended by the Minister State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill; Minister of State Without Portfolio, Hon. Trokon Kpui, Minister of Agriculture, Jeanine Cooper, and National Port Authority Managing Director Dr. Bill Twehway.



President Weah Urges Graduates of Grand Bassa University to Aspire for Self-confidence

Buchanan, Grand Bassa County - This year’s graduation ceremonies in the country have given the President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, many speaking assignments, the most recent being at the Grand Bassa University College (GBUC).


The Liberian Leader, in the last few weeks, was Chief Orator at the graduation ceremonies of the Adventist University of West Africa, and the African Methodist Episcopal University, amongst others.


Making special remarks at the GBUC’s 6th Convocation ceremonies Friday, June 17, 2022, at which time First Lady Clar Marie Weah was the keynote speaker, President Weah congratulated the graduates for what he termed 'milestone achievement,' and urged them to pursue excellence and develop the sense of self-confidence.

He warned graduates that obtaining the first degree was just the beginning of a long road ahead of them, particularly when they are desirous of pursuing Master/PHD levels education.

“This is the first step,” the President told them. “It is left with you to continue or stop here, but I want to encourage you to press for excellence no matter what happens along the way.”


“Now that you have obtained your degrees, you have to step forward for your own wellbeing,” he continued. “There are a lot of jobs. Go forth and seek job opportunities."


He encouraged the graduates to always keep themselves in the mood of happiness because it is key in overcoming foreseeable and unforeseeable circumstances. He urged them also to be committed and resilient because there is always a way to circumvent any obstacle.


Recalling his administration’s declaration of free tuition in public universities and colleges, including the GBUC, President Weah informed the gathering that the opportunity that the current breed of graduates have to receive external assistance in clearing financial obligations did not exist for others in the past.


He pledged the Government's continued support to the educational sector in order to provide opportunities for those who do not have opportunities of going to school to do so in order to become productive citizens.


President Weah advised the graduates to believe in themselves and not be carried away by what is said about them, or how others define them.

The President also called on the graduates to put to practice what they acquired, conduct themselves appropriately in ways that are representative of the college education achieved.

He, as his custom has been in recent years, defrayed the GBUC graduates’ graduation fees.

Over two hundred students received degrees in various fields of discipline, including agriculture, education, nursing, business administration, accounting, among others.

The Wife of President Weah, First Lady Clar Marie Weah, served as the Commencement Speaker of the 6th Commencement Convocation of the Grand Bassa University College.


It was established during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a community college but upgraded to full university status under President Weah’s tenure.