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Liberia’s Foreign Minister Kemayah, German Federal Foreign Minister Baerbock -Initiate Discussion for Bilateral Agreement

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah has proposed a joint commission for bilateral engagements between the Republic of Liberia and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Minister Kemayah said the commission will foster and follow up on bilateral, economic, technical cooperation between Liberia and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Foreign Minister Kemayah made the proposal recently when he held discussions with the Federal Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany.

According to a dispatched, Minister Kemayah recalled the active role played by a German investment group from Düsseldorf that operated the formal Bong Mining Company in Bong Mines and called for more German- Liberia partnerships.

The meeting was centered on the experiences and challenges in the areas of Gender Equality, Climate Change, Human Rights, Women, and Youth Empowerment, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and Forest cooperation.

The Liberian Foreign Minister extended profound thanks and appreciation to the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Germany for the developmental support rendered Liberia over the years.

He further highlighted the achievements of President George M. Weah and his government and outlined the challenges being faced by Liberia, and stressed the need for support in the areas of climate change, gender equity with a focus on women empowerment, and women’s political participation, youth empowerment initiatives with emphasis on at-risk youth and technical and vocational skills training, health, the justice system, infrastructural development and Sporting programs using sports diplomacy.

Foreign Minister Kemayah with German Federal Foreign Minister Baerbock at the German Federal Office. Berlin, Germany.

Foreign Minister Kemayah at the same time assured his German counterpart that Liberia remains committed to the protocols and conventions on climate change stressing that no country today is immune from the increasingly devastating effects.

Meanwhile, Kemayah said Gender equality and women remain a priority under the leadership of President George Weah, thereby recounted the numbers of females appointed in the Liberian government and said that President Weah who is Liberia’s feminist in Chief, will leave no stone on turn to see to it that women’s and girls’ rights are respected in the Liberian society.

For her part, German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock welcomed and thanked Minister Kemayah for honoring her invitation to visit Germany.

She said Liberia is a strategic partner and thanked the country for its stands on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and on global issues. Foreign Minister Baerbock noted that Germany will always remain grateful to Liberia.

She noted that her office will continue to support Liberia and be more engaged with the country through the Liberian Embassy in Germany and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Liberia in strengthening the bilateral and foreign policy objectives of both countries.

Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah and Minister Annalena Baerbock concluded with a commitment to continue to work together for the further enhancement of the foreign policies of their two countries.

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