President Sirleaf Off To Kuwait… On Mission To Solidify Bilateral Tie

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

President Ellen Johnson is today spending her second day in the Gulf State of Kuwait to bolster ties between Liberia and the Arab nation.

The visit comes when the two nations have commenced a new chapter in bilateral relations, and President Sirleaf will hold talks with Kuwaiti leaders Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and senior Kuwaiti officials during her three day visit.

The President, who leaves the country Saturday, began the visit with bilateral discussions on Sunday involving the Amir, and the Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader will also hold discussions with the Kuwaiti Speaker of the National Assembly, Jassim Mohammad Al-Khorafi; the Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; and with business entrepreneurs in Kuwait.

Discussions involving the General Manager of the Kuwaiti Investment Authority Mr. Bader Mohammed Al-Saad and the Director-General of the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development are also scheduled to take place during the President’s visit.

State functions will include a State Dinner Banquet hosted by the Amir on Sunday at Bayan Palace, in honor of the Liberian President.

The visit by the Liberian President to Kuwait is a major step aimed at restoring the good relations between Gulf States and Liberia, which have been strained owing to dubious activities by certain diplomatic staff assigned to other Liberian Embassies in the region, the Executive Mansion says.

Two documents are expected to be signed during the President’s visit: a Memorandum of Understanding on Conducting Bilateral Consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and Liberia and an Agreement on Establishing a Joint Commission for Cooperation between the two Governments.

Arrangements for the opening of the Liberian Embassy in Kuwait will be finalized during the President’s visit.

Under the terms, Kuwait will, for five years, provide financial support for Liberia’s diplomatic mission there.

Following President Sirleaf’s visit to Qatar in May 2009, Liberia has now re-established diplomatic relations with that country and, with financial support, will be opening a mission there shortly, the Executive Mansion noted in a release.

To help defray travel costs associated with the visit, the Government of Kuwait provided a plane to transport the Liberian President and her delegation.

During the President’s absence from the country, the Minister of Justice, Hon. Christiana Tah, as Chairman of the Cabinet, will coordinate the affairs of Government in close consultation with the Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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