Liberia: Foreign Minister Vows to Foster Bilateral Relations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds a four-day retreat here under the theme, "Envisioning and enhancing the future of the Foreign Policy of the Republic of Liberia during and post-Covid-19." The retreat runs from 20 to 23, October 2020.

Newly confirmed Minister of Foreign Affairs Dee Maxwell SaahKemayah said prior to coming in government, he had always considered the international community as an indispensable asset to Liberia's reconstruction drive.

He vowed under his administration to leave no stone unturned in working with various diplomatic missions by considering recommendations to moving the country forward. Minister Kemayah added that he will work with the international community at bilateral level to enhance international cooperation.

He said the retreat will focus on four key areas of the Foreign Ministry namely; Home Office, Foreign Service, which comprises ambassadors and other Foreign Service officers and Honorary Counsels.

He added that the retreat will also derive what should be done in both Covid-19 and post-Covid-19 eras, noting that nothing will be achieved if the Ministry continues to wait for total elimination of the Coronvirus.

"Over the next four days we hope to realize and discover what the MOFA can need at its best, to identify an element of success of the theme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, identify the strength, weaknesses,

threat of the MOFA and the Foreign Service and to determine a way forward aimed at enhancing a clear vision of the President, the CDC and the Ministry." Over 100 participants are attending the retreat, which is largely seen here as a kick-off for the new Foreign Minister.

Kemayah noted the retreat is also intended to stimulate a stronger sense of belonging at the Ministry and at the end, employees will derive a concept document that would reflect views of all.

Until his appointment to the Foreign Ministry by President Weah recently, Mr. Kemayah served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

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