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A meeting of the mind is necessary

President George Manneh Weah has been sharing thoughts on the current state of affairs with some foreign guests, his predecessor former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai at his Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.

The meetings come in the wake of heightened tension in Monrovia and rest of the country about the deteriorating economic situation and a pending mass protest by citizens.

Situations generally, whether political or economic, are becoming gloomier by the day characterized by anxiety and uncertainty, with basic commodity prices skyrocketing, including food and petroleum.

Additionally, the government is barely struggling to pay salary, which is no longer current anymore, just two years in the Weah administration.

The authorities seem to be exerting effort to addressing the economic challenge that has sprung up across all levels, including the private sector, but the key concern right now appears to be the planned protest, which the government does want.

President Weah assured four visiting female Nobel Peace Laureates last week that he’s willing to sit and talk with the protest organizers, for the sake of peace.

Former President Sirleaf reportedly paid a courtesy visit Friday, 03 May at the Foreign Ministry and met with President Weah during which they both shared perspectives on prevailing situations in the country, including sustaining the peace.

Prior to Friday’s meeting with Madam Sirleaf, President Weah had earlier met with former Vice President Boakai during the week and exchanged ideas with the man who was his main challenger in the 2017 race.

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We believe these are welcome attempts by the President, as he navigates the State to peace, stability and economic recovery. But in these exchanges, President Weah should be willing to listen and gracious enough to make amends.

He should realize that he is President for all Liberians, including protesters, opposition politicians, his immediate predecessor and ordinary citizens. Therefore, the concerns, no matter how unpleasant, should be considered for the forward march of the country.

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