The Chinese government has signed a US54 million grant with the government of Liberia to construct two overpass bridges at the newly constructed Ministerial Complex in Oldest Congo Town and the SKD Boulevard junction to help ease traffic congestions.
China recently turned over the annexes the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill, and is ahead of schedule to complete the construction of the Ministerial Complex and the new Terminal at the Roberts International Airport by November this year.
President George Manneh Weah and Chinese President Xi Jinping witnessed the signing of the cooperation agreements which include emergency food aid as the two leaders pledged to build strong ties.
The Executive Mansion says in a dispatch issued Saturday, 1 September that the two agreements were signed during President Weah’s visit to the People’s Republic of China.
It says Liberia and China have pledged to strengthen ties between the two countries when President Weah met Chinese President Xi Jinping during bilateral discussions ahead of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China -Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People on Saturday, 1 September.
President Weah reiterated his country’s firm adherence to the One-China Policy and expressed heartfelt gratitude for China’s valuable support, especially the selfless help in Liberia’s fight against the Ebola epidemic.
President Weah noted that the mutually beneficial cooperation between both countries has brought perceptible benefits to the Liberian people.
“Liberia supports and is willing to take part in the Belt and Road cooperation,” he stressed.
He indicated that Liberia supports China hosting the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC, and is willing to make whatever contributions to enhance friendship between the two countries and peoples.
Earlier, welcoming President Weah, President Xi stressed that the friendship between China and Liberia continues to serve the fundamental interests of both countries and people.
He reflected on his country’s support to Liberia’s peace process and promised to continue to stand up and support Liberia in multilateral institutions.
President Xi highlighted the Liberian Government’s firm position on the One-China Policy and is willing to increase exchanges at all levels.
President Xi emphasized that the two countries should continue to show mutual understanding and support each other on issues involving their respective core interests and major concerns.
The Chinese President promised to strengthen bilateral cooperation across various fields especially those outlined in the Liberian Government’s National Development Agenda focused on infrastructure development, poverty-reduction, health, agriculture, and education, among others.
President Xi hoped that as a former world football star, deeply admired by his compatriots, President Weah will use his special influence to promote sports and youth exchanges between the two countries.–Dispatch