President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf With,United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Ann Elder
New U.S. Envoy Elder Extols Pres. Sirleaf’s Leadership, Graft Fight
MONROVIA, June 30 (LINA) - The new United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Ann Elder, has praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her exceptional leadership in lifting Liberia up, giving Liberia a powerful and respected voice on the continent and giving Liberians confidence in a brighter future.
She also extolled the Liberian leader in the fight against corruption and assured more U.S. support to Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Ambassador Elder spoke recently when she presented her Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
In the words of Ambassador Elder, "President Sirleaf has demonstrated vision and courage in addressing the challenges to Liberia’s progress, especially in the areas of education, security, and governance."
She applauded each effort by the Liberian government to bring to light corrupt practices that cripple Liberia’s prospects for growth and threaten the vital trust between a society and the state amid continuing, comprehensive, and transparent effort to combat this very serious problem, which the American Envoy said she believes can be a seminal moment in Liberia’s journey to sustainable peace and
Ambassador Elder noted the need to celebrate the close relationship between the Unites States and Liberia in the wake of the visit of the First Lady of the United States First Lady, Michelle Obama, to be followed by a delegation from the United States Congress.
She observed that these crucial trips reflect a reaffirmation of the long history between the United States and Liberia.
“These high-level contacts are also a reflection of the very high esteem in which leaders in the United States and around the world hold you, Madame President,” the American diplomat pointed out.
The American third successive female Ambassador since the ascendancy of President Sirleaf to the helm of power indicated that she arrived at a crucial point in Liberia’s history, especially as UNMIL continues its long-envisioned transfer of security responsibilities to Liberian forces, and discussions accelerate regarding what the future configuration of the United Nations in Liberia will be.
She said throughout the process, the United States has remained committed to working with Liberia to strengthen and professionalize its security forces.
She said the United States was proud of its contributions to help establish the Armed Forces of Liberia as a military committed to civilian rule and as a force for good, adding that through USAID and INL programs, the U.S. has helped Liberia to strengthen its Justice system, National Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, and Prison system.
Amid Liberia’s Presidential election, Ambassador Elder renewed the United States’ commitment to strongly work with the administration of President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia to help ensure a just and peaceful transfer of power.
She said Liberia is ready and capable of doing so.