By: Elijah D. S. Pyne
A high powered United States Congressional Delegation has arrived in Liberia for an in-state visit.
Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah , on behalf of President George Weah and the Government of Liberia, received the guests.
In his welcome statement, Minister Kemayah told the Delegation that the Government and people of Liberia are humbled and honored to receive such a unique Delegation to Liberia, especially at the time the Country is celebrating its year long Bicentennial, commemorating w200 years of Freedom and Pan African leadership. He highlighted to the head of the US Congressional Delegation, Congressman Gregory Meeks, the very special relationship that the countries have enjoyed over the years.
In a brief response, the head of the US Congressional Delegation to Liberia, Congressman Gregory Meeks thanked the government and people of Liberia, through Minister Kemayah for the welcome and warm reception accorded he and his delegation to Liberia. Congressman Meeks also acknowledged the historical ties between the two countries and stressed that they are happy to join in the celebrations of Liberia’s bicentennial, “a beautiful country and people,“ he noted.
He disclosed that there are 50 African Americans who are currently in the US Congress, including Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Co-Chair on Congressional Black Caucus, who is happy to be back home.
In addition, Ilhan Omar, who was Born in Somalia, is a member of the delegation. She is the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in the US Congress.
Meanwhile, the high powered congressional delegation, which includes Congressman Gregory Meeks, Chairman on House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Joyce Beatty, Chair on Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Ami Bera and IIhan Omar is expected to have a bilateral meeting with President George Weah.