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Diaspora Liberians Hail Pres. Sirleaf’s Dual Citizenship Support
MONROVIA, March 17 (LINA) - Liberians in the Diaspora have lauded the continued effort of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to achieve dual citizenship rights for Liberian-born nationals.
The commendation was contained in a statement delivered by the President of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), Mr. Gaye Sleh, during the President’s recent visit to the United States.
Also a crystal award was presented to the President for her leadership in the fight against Ebola and support for Dual Citizenship.
The Award was presented on behalf of the “The All Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship” which included ULAA, European Federation Liberian Associations (EFLA), Coalition of Concerned Liberians (CCL), Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia (FOLICA), Conference of Liberian Organizations in South Western United States (COLOSUS) and the Union of Liberians in Ghana (ULAG).
A similar crystal award was presented to Liberian Ambassador to the U.S. Jeremiah Sulunteh for his active role in the fight against Ebola.
In his statement delivered at an official reception held in honor of the President at the Residence of the Liberian Ambassador in Washington, DC, the ULAA leader expressed gratitude to the President for her expressed commitment to the cause of citizenship rights for all Liberians.
He described citizenship rights as a key ingredient in the postwar reconstruction process, and challenged the Sirleaf administration to work diligently for passage of a legislation to correct the citizenship laws of the nation.
The reception was attended by Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac.
Speaking on behalf of Liberians in the Diaspora united under the “All Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship” ULAA President Sleh drew attention to the scourge of corruption in Liberia and challenged the President to take more aggressive action to end “a destructive culture in the government.”
He further commended the government and people of Liberia for their resilience in “the dark chapter of Ebola” and expressed pride over the tremendous show of support also given by Liberians in the Diaspora.
In remarks, President Sirleaf praised the relentless support given by Liberians in the Diaspora in the critical moments of the country and encouraged Liberians abroad to contribute to the development of their nation, adding “you don’t have to be home to give back to your country”.
She pledged her government’s commitment to work towards a better Liberia in spite of major setbacks, including Ebola.
In a closed door meeting with President Sirleaf, ULAA President Sleh explained that Diaspora Liberians face challenges and hardship in getting Ebola and humanitarian materials cleared from the Free Port of Monrovia.
President Sirleaf assured the ULAA official that upon return to Liberia, she will review the situation at the Free Port of Monrovia.
President Sirleaf also extended an invitation to ULAA President Sleh and partners of The All Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship to team up with her in Monrovia to discuss the issue of Dual Citizenship with lawmakers.