Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, is set to embark on a diplomatic mission to Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone from January 21 to 26. The purpose of the trip is to underscore the significance of democracy, celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Boakai in Liberia, and welcome Sierra Leone back to the UN Security Council.
In Liberia, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation to attend the inauguration of President-elect His Excellency Joseph Boakai. The visit not only reinforces the commitment of the U.S. government to collaborate with the newly elected government but also acknowledges the Liberian people for successfully conducting free and fair elections, marking the country’s second democratic transfer of power since the end of the civil war in 2003.
While in Monrovia, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will partake in the inauguration ceremony, engage with government officials from multiple administrations, and connect with emerging leaders, the business community, and Liberian peacekeepers. A keynote speech on democracy at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce is also on the agenda. In her address, the Ambassador will delve into the challenges faced by democracies in Africa and emphasize the capacity of civilian-led governments to deliver for their citizens. Notably, she served as Ambassador to Liberia from 2008 to 2012.
Moving to Guinea-Bissau, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will engage in discussions with President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, focusing on regional security and expressing the U.S. commitment to strengthening bilateral relations.
In Sierra Leone, the Ambassador is scheduled to meet with President Julius Maada Bio and other senior government officials. The primary focus of the discussions will be to welcome Sierra Leone back to the UN Security Council and deliberate on various bilateral and multilateral issues. During her stay in Freetown, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will interact with government and opposition leaders, as well as the international community, to address the continued implementation of the Agreement for National Unity. Additionally, she will visit the Sierra Leone Peace Museum and engage in discussions on shared priorities between Sierra Leone and the United States, including women and youth empowerment, climate change, and health.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s diplomatic mission aligns with the Biden Administration’s objectives for Africa, emphasizing commitments to democracy, empowerment of women and youth, promotion of regional peace and security, and support for inclusive and sustainable development. The trip signifies a proactive approach to engaging with key African nations and fostering collaborative efforts for mutual progress and prosperity.