Cicilline Discusses U.S. Relations with Liberian President Sirleaf

Jun 30, 2011
Cicilline Discusses U.S. Relations with Liberian President Sirleaf

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Cicilline (D-RI) recently welcomed President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting. Their discussion focused on the status of Liberia’s ongoing democratic transition following years of misrule and civil conflict, including the Liberian government’s efforts to restore the rule of law and fight corruption.

“It was great to meet once again with Madam President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and discuss the rich cultural contributions of our Liberian friends and their tremendous influence on our own nation. In Rhode Island, our Liberian community is one of the strongest and most vibrant communities. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, I am committed to working with my colleagues to support peace efforts in Liberia,” said Congressman Cicilline.

Congressman Cicilline was pleased to see the President again; they had first met in 2006 during a previous trip of the Liberian President to the United States. The Congressman was especially delighted to discuss issues concerning Liberian immigrants living in the United States as Rhode Island's Liberian community of approximately 2,000 residents contribute to the state’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

“Whether it be in business, education, the arts, or community leadership, hardworking Liberian Americans have played an important role in helping to make the state of Rhode Island what it is today,” said Congressman Cicilline.