U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy with U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Monrovia.
Secretary Clinton also attended the second presidential inauguration of Africa’s first woman president, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,.
“This is a doubly blessed occasion, to be able to attend the inauguration and then come for the official ribbon cutting on the new embassy chancery. And I’ve had just a quick look around.” – Ms. Clinton
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She said the new compound is a testament to the work of the Embassy Staff. She said it is a symbol of America’s lasting commitment to its partners today.
“We are committed to standing with the people of Liberia as you, as they, continue their important journey, reconciling political and ethnic differences, strengthening democracy, bringing prosperity and opportunity to people, particularly young people.” -Ms. Clinton
She said she was also pleased to attend the second inauguration of President Sirleaf. She said she has known Ellen for a long time.
“I have a great deal of admiration and appreciation for the work she is doing, along with her other colleagues in government.” -Ms. Clinton
She stated that U.S. work with Liberia goes far beyond support for the elections. She added the U.S. government is working so hard on security issues. She cited that USAID and Peace Corps colleagues are working so hard on healthcare and education.
“Under this new roof, you’re going to be able to come together with a single mission, no matter where you are coming to us from, that’s not (inaudible), because this is not just about the State Department, USAID. It’s a whole-of-government effort.” -Ms. Clinton