Boakai, South Korean President Hold Bilateral Talks

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President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and his delegation engaged in bilateral discussions with  Yool Suk Yeol, President of South Korea, in Seoul, on the sidelines of the Korea-Africa Summit 2024.

President Yeol extended a warm welcome to President Boakai and congratulated him on assuming the presidency of Liberia. He expressed gratitude for Liberia’s historical support during the Korean War, emphasizing the enduring 60-year relationship between the two nations. President Boakai conveyed his appreciation for the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Korea-Africa Summit and reiterated Liberia’s unwavering commitment to deepening its partnership with Korea. The Liberian Leader outlined the multifaceted challenges faced by Liberia, encompassing various sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, human resource development, renewable energy, education, technology, fisheries, policy development, and port construction. He requested Korea’s support and partnership in addressing these challenges. In response, President Yeol made the following assurances in leveraging partnerships in a range of areas covering the development of roads and infrastructure, contingent upon a detailed proposal; the provision of scholarships for Liberian students seeking to pursue studies in various disciplines in Korea; and lending assistance in advancing agricultural development in Liberia, encompassing the transfer of agricultural technologies and a key focus on rice production. The Korean Leader also gave his country’s commitment to supporting the enhancement of Liberia’s fisheries sector; his willingness to consider support for Liberia’s renewable energy development; and his support for the transfer of digital capabilities and technologies to Liberia. President Yeol conveyed Korea’s unwavering commitment to aiding and partnering with Liberia in realizing its development objectives and surmounting its current challenges, ultimately contributing to the well-being of the Liberian populace. Concluding, the Korean Leader assured President Boakai that Korea will efficiently contribute to the full implementation of the Government’s Agriculture, Roads, Rule of Law, Education, Sanitation, and Tourism (ARREST) Agenda and that he stands ready to support the country overcome the current challenges and improve the lives of the Liberian people. Officials who accompanied the Liberian leader during the bilateral meeting were the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Dean of the President’s Cabinet, Sara Beysolow Nyanti, Minister of National Defense, Geraldine Janet George, Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Alexander Nuetah, and the Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism, Jerolinmek Matthew Piah.

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