HIS EXCELLENCY DR. GEORGE MANNEH WEAH

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

AT THE INTERCESSORY SERVICE

FOR HIS SAFE ARRIVAL TO LIBERIA

FROM MULTIPLE INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS.THE DOMINICAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

CATHOLIC JUNCTION

SINKOR

MONROVIA, LIBERIA

DECEMBER 19, 2022

Her Excellency Madame Jewel Howard Taylor

Vice President of the Republic of Liberia;

The Speaker, President Pro-Tempore, and Members of the 54th Legislature, right here provide;

The Dean and Members of the Cabinet;

Other Officials of Government, right here provide;

The Doyen and Members of the Diplomatic Corps;

Bishop Isaac Winker, Visiting Bishops

Members of the Clergy;

The Chairman, Officials and Members of the Ruling Mighty Coalition for Democratic Change;

Political and Business Leaders;

Women and Youth Leaders;

Civil Society Organizations;

Members of the Fourth Estate;

My Fellow Citizens;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen:

I’m thrilled to be again house after an in depth excursion of responsibility out of the country within the passion of the People of Liberia. Let me give because of the Almighty God for the numerous touring mercies that He afforded my delegation and I, by way of His Grace, thru our many trips. I additionally wish to give God reward and thank you and glory for holding Liberia non violent, solid, and safe all through my absence.

I need to additionally categorical my profound gratitude to the Acting Chairman of the Cabinet, Cllr. F. Musa Dean, Minister of Justice, for ably guidance the political opinions whilst we had been away. I additionally wish to recognize and respect my in a position Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, in addition to the management of the Legislature and the Judiciary, for his or her lively collaborative and cooperative roles all through our absence.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen: The regulations of Liberia don’t supply for an Acting President. Although I will have been bodily absent, the Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia used to be very provide and lively, and used to be in day-to-day and widespread touch with me for my management and steering.

During that point, I appointed and disregarded officers of Government, signed Bills into legislation, and gave my direct and private consideration to issues of State and governance. While away, the Government of Liberia used to be operating, and issues of nationwide passion had been treated expeditiously.

FELLOW CITIZENS; DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Ours is an open and liberal democratic device, wherein the ones people who govern are answerable to the ruled for our stewardship. This proper is enshrined within the natural legislation of the land – the Liberian Constitution. I’m totally acutely aware of the talk that has been stirred in my absence in regards to the extended length of my keep in a foreign country on professional responsibility out of the country. And I might now love to take the chance to take part in that discuss. But sooner than I achieve this, I’m similarly underneath legal responsibility to recognize the rights of those that wondered the time we spent in a foreign country, and on the identical time, thank those that supported the excursion.

Fellow electorate, I will be able to guarantee you, Fellow Citizens, that the consult with out of the country used to be a essential crucial, as it used to be within the nationwide passion and, as you’ll see later in those Remarks, Liberia accordingly derived considerable advantages from it.

With the lifting of COVID-19 shuttle restrictions, we seized the chance for in-individual participation in summits and meetings which now we have now not attended all through the 2 years of the pandemic. Due to the compact nature of the agenda, the place a number of of the engagements had been nearly again-to-again, we made up our minds to maximise the to be had time, whilst keeping off over the top shuttle bills for repeated shuttle to and from the rustic.

DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Our shuttle began on October 31, 2022 once I accredited a call for participation from His Majesty King Mohamed VI, and departed Liberia on the head of a prime-degree delegation for the Kingdom of Morocco to take part within the MEDays International Forum convened in Tangier, the Kingdom of Morocco from November 2 – 5, 2022. We delivered the keynote cope with on the MEDays Forum.

The MEDays International Forum introduced in combination over 5000 members, together with global leaders, to create a possibility to talk about the principle geopolitical, financial and social problems dealing with the planet, together with the conflict in Ukraine, conflicts and instability in Africa, tensions within the Indo-Pacific, meals and effort crises, and inflation and local weather alternate.

On the sidelines of the Forum in Tangier, we met with senior executive officers of Hungary, and won a dedication from the Hungarian Government of $50 million United States Dollars in Export Credit for funding and different functions in Liberia. We had been additionally in a position to safe an extra fifteen (15) scholarships for younger and deserving Liberians scholars to check in Hungary, bringing to 20-5 (25) the whole selection of scholarships from Hungary once a year.

Also whilst in Tangier, I had the chance to consult with some of the greatest ports in Africa, the Tangier Med Port Authority, and used to be in a position to safe a significant dedication from to supply coaching and technical strengthen to the National Port Authority, in addition to an endeavor to turn into and refurbish the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County.

Incidentally, l need to let you know that every one direct bills, together with lodging for me and my delegation, in addition to the supply of an airplane to take me from Liberia to Morocco and from Morocco to Egypt, had been equipped as a courtesy by way of the organizers of the MEDays International Forum. I and my delegation didn’t pay a dime to get to those international locations.

DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

We departed Morocco, and arrived in Sham el-Sheikh, the Arab Republic of Egypt, for the COP27 Climate Change Summit, which we additionally addressed on November 6, 2022. We as soon as once more made the case for Liberia to take pleasure in hundreds of thousands of greenbacks in a carbon buying and selling mechanism which we proposed at COP26 in Glasgow closing yr. We had been additionally in a position to safe investment of $10 million United States Dollars for coastal protection obstacles for Greenville, Sinoe County, and West Point in Monrovia.

While in Egypt, we additionally held talks with senior officers from the Government of Qatar, who dedicated to supply investment for the second one segment of the Lofa CountyHighway.

We then took off straight away from the COP27 Conference in Egypt for Paris, France to honor a call for participation from the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, to wait the fifth Paris Peace Forum, which used to be held from eleventh – fifteenth November, 2022.

From Paris, France, we proceeded to Doha, Qatar to honor an professional invitation from the State of Qatar, in addition to a call for participation from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to sign up for twenty-six (26) different Presidents, and an array of notable dignitaries, to grace the rite of the hole of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

While in Qatar, we held a bilateral assembly with the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamil bin Hamad Al-Thanin, on November 27, 2022, and won a dedication of $100 million United States Dollars for investment of Phase II of the Gbarnga – Mendikorma Highway in Lofa County.

The Qatari Government additionally introduced plans to spend an extra $50 million United States Dollars on wearing amenities in Liberia.

On November 29, 2022, we departed Doha, Qatar, and arrived within the Principality of Monaco to take part within the thirteenth Edition of the International Peace and Sport Forum, which used to be held underneath the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, who attended this system and individually passed me an award from the Forum.

Prior to attending the rite, we had been won in target audience by way of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, the place we held fruitful discussions on bilateral and world problems.

The organizers of the International Peace and Sport Forum decided on us to function Keynote Speaker in response to our dedication to advertise the an important function of sports activities on the world degree, and specifically in Africa; in addition to the usage of sports activities to function a device to unite the peoples and international locations of the arena.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

On December 11, 2022, we arrived in Washington, D.C., USA as one in every of 49 leaders of Africa, invited by way of The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America, to america – Africa Leaders Summit, which used to be held from thirteenth – fifteenth December, 2022.

During the professional opening of the Summit on December 13, 2022, I used to be invited to handle a Forum of Diaspora Young People. In his creation of me previous to my speech, we won particular commendation from Mr. Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State of the United States of America, QUOTE: “for our great leadership and ability to strengthen US-Liberia bonds” UNQUOTE. He famous additional, that underneath my management, and I QUOTE: “US-Liberia relations will flourish.” UNQUOTE.

I then delivered an cope with to the African Youth in Diaspora which, from many accounts, used to be neatly won.

DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

I used to be amongst a bunch of six (6) African Heads of State who had been decided on out of the 40-9 (49) invited leaders for a different assembly with The Honorable President Biden on the White House to talk about the very an important problems with elections, democracy, rule of legislation, and construction.

During the instance of this unique, however necessary assembly, we made a robust pledge and dedication to verify the behavior of a unfastened, honest, clear, non violent, inclusive and democratic elections in October 2023. We made it abundantly transparent that underneath our watch, the democratic credentials of Liberia can be safeguarded, in addition to its peace, balance, and safety.