VANCOUVER, Canada ––Reports from Monrovia say Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah prepares for a weekend official working visit to the Jewish state of Israel, a country that Liberia voted against at the 2016 United Nations General Assembly during the administration of former president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
A prominent Liberian public policy expert based in the United States, Jones Nhinson Williams, termed the President’s visit to Israel as “a move in the right direction.”
Williams, a former head of the U.S.-based Jewish Family Services international refugee resettlement and integration service, and current State Administrator of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics programs for the State of Maryland said, Liberia and the Weah administration stand to gain tremendously if Liberia pivots to Israel and takes advantage of the diplomatic ties, ingenuity and innovation of the Jewish people.
Since the inauguration of the Weah administration, Williams has been pressing for Liberia to focus on building stronger ties with Israel and encouraging investment partnership with Israelite businesses, especially in the areas of agriculture, healthcare, infrastructure, technology, and human capital development.
Although he personally and openly condemned Liberia’s vote against Israel during the 2016 UN General Assembly, Williams has repeatedly urged the current Liberian government to equally denounced the decision of the past government in voting against Israel, and openly go as far as apologizing for said unwise diplomatic error.
Adding, “diplomacy and bilateral relations are about interest, values, historical ties and mutual benefits. Liberia gains nothing in voting against Israel in any form and shape”, he concluded.