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.