President Donald Trump last week dispatched his Secretary of Health, Dr. Tom Price, to Liberia with a special message that the United States, particularly the Trump Administration is committed to working with Liberia to addressing remaining challenges in the country’s recovery programs after the devastating Ebola crisis.
Dr. Price, who was on a global health promotion, made a stopover at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County last Wednesday, 17 May and met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the VIP Lounge of the airport.
“Together, we have worked hand-in-hand to fight the tragedy of Ebola, and in the process have succeeded in improving the health system here in Liberia”, Dr. Price notes, and adds that the U.S. looks forward to continuing to work side by side with Liberia to improve disease prevention, enhance laboratory services and maintain a rapid and effective disease response services here.
We firmly believe Liberia should seize this opportunity and go all out in further strengthening the already existing historic mutual partnership with the United States, specifically the Trump Administration, not only in the health sector, but all areas of human advancement and global peace.
The bond that exists between the United States and Liberia is a people to people relationship that cannot be confined to any particular government or administration, as has been demonstrated over the years.
President Trump is re-cementing this tie by opening the door to this historic African country with a population of 4 Million. We must take advantage of this opportunity, specifically as this country prepares for free and fair democratic elections in October that would usher in a new administration by January 2018 after the Sirleaf Administration.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is currently visiting the United States after the historic visit to Liberia by Secretary of Health Dr. Tom Price, the first visit ever after President Trump came to power.
The current engagement provides a unique opportunity for our respective governments and peoples to renew commitment to partnering for mutual benefits. Liberia looks forward to remaining a trusted ally of the United States even as the country moves towards political transition.
No matter who eventually becomes the next President of Liberia in October, this country would need the United States’ continued support in the business of governance and human development, without which no leader can succeed here. Our past history is a hint to the wise. Therefore, we stress the need to cultivating mutual partnership with the Trump Administration in solidifying the already existing historic ties between our two countries and peoples for common benefits and global peace.