--On visit at CIA Headquarters
By Emmanuel wise Jipoh
President George Manneh Weah appears to be tight-lipped about the nature of his visit at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, the United States of America.
Journalists were eager to know why Mr. Weah had been invited by the spy agency when he returned home Tuesday, 28 March 2023.
The curiosity derived from a widespread rumour in some quarters and on social media that Mr. Weah was investigated by the CIA.
It was speculated that he was probed for alleged bad governance, corruption, human rights violations and mysterious killings in Liberia under his regime.
Mr. Weah said his invitation to meet CIA authorities in Langley was like any other formal travel he has done since taking state power.
But he remained tight-lipped about the nature of his visit, telling reporters that as President he represents the country and it was one his meetings in the U.S. and Dubai.
“As the President of the State, I represent the country and this is one of my meetings I went to in the USA and Dubai,” he said at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on Tuesday afternoon, 28 March 2023.
Others speculated that Mr. Weah had visited the CIA office to sign an alleged agreement for the establishment of the Agency’s Central Command in Liberia to monitor international crimes across Sub-Saharan Africa.
But Weah did not address any of these speculations. During the trip, President Weah visited the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on international engagements.
On his return home, he landed at about 12:04 p.m. at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County and greeted by a salute from a detachment of the Brigade of Guards of the Armed forces of Liberia (AFL).
President Weah expressed optimisms about his visits to the two nations, describing them as fruitful and beneficiary for the progress of Liberia.
He said with the biodiversity and forest reserve, he can assure that the country will benefit from international support related to the forest and other natural resources.
“There is forest fund, and there’s a need we tap from it,” he said.”
“As you’re aware, we went to COP 26 (Conference of the Parties 26) and COP 27, Liberia has a diversity of issues like Climate Change mitigation. We are trying to tap in the Climate Change fundings so that we can save our forests,” he said.