February 28, 2024

President Biden Mourns the Loss of Namibian President Hage Geingob: A Legacy of Leadership

President of Namibia Hage Geingob arrives on the flight line of Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 11, 2022.
President of Namibia Hage Geingob arrives on the flight line of Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 11, 2022.

In a heartfelt statement, President Joe Biden expressed his deepest condolences to First Lady Monica Geingos and the entire Namibian nation on the passing of President Hage Geingob.

Described as a fearless leader, President Geingob’s legacy is one of unwavering dedication to his country, marked by his pivotal role in the fight for independence, the drafting of Namibia’s constitution, and his terms as both prime minister and president.

President Biden reflected on Geingob’s eloquence and advocacy for Namibia and the African continent, emphasizing his commitment to standing up for his values and beliefs. Geingob’s impact goes beyond his tenure; President Biden pledged to build on this legacy, reinforcing partnerships and a shared vision for mutual support between the United States and Namibia.

Throughout his life, Geingob maintained close ties with the United States, as he pursued higher education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Fordham University, and The New School in New York.

The President noted the enduring bonds between the American people and the people of Namibia, expressing a sense of personal loss as he remarked, “I will miss working with him.”

President Biden affirmed the United States’ commitment to continuing the strong relationship with Namibia, honoring President Geingob’s vision for his country and people. The statement concluded with a forward-looking perspective, expressing the administration’s dedication to strengthening ties with Namibia, ensuring that the legacy of President Hage Geingob lives on in the diplomatic relations between the two nations.

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