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Liberian leader hails continuous support from the United States

Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2008

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid tribute to the United States of America for its continuous support to Liberia.

US-Liberia relations, she noted, has helped Liberia improve in many sectors of development as it aims to become a post-conflict success story.

According to a presidential mansion press statement issued here Wednesday, President Sirleaf made the commendations when she received the letters of credence of Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new US to Liberia.

She traced the history of Liberia-U.S relations, saying interactions between both countries dates back to the birth of Liberia as a nation.

The Liberian leader pledged her commitment to proper accountability and transparency, and cited her recent signing into law an Act establishing the Anti-Corruption Commission.

She said US President George Bushs recent visit to Liberia was a vindication of the progress made by her governments commitment to strengthening US-Liberias relations.

President Sirleaf then commended Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield for her instrumentality in promoting programs from which Liberia is now benefiting.

In remarks, the newly accredited American envoy praised the Johnson Sirleaf administration for the successes achieved thus far, but added that more needs to be done.

Liberia, she noted, must continue to grow with its civil society and independent media strengthened in order to fight corruption.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield expressed the hope that with collective commitment, a new Liberia of equal opportunities will prevail. She revealed that Liberia is the second largest recipient of financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), adding that with unlimited potential at the countrys disposal, there is no reason why Liberia cannot be an economic tiger in West Africa.



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