By: Frank P. Martin
President George Manneh Weah yesterday returned to Liberia with hundreds of Liberians welcoming him at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) with praises to God for his safe arrival and significant gains made during his recent trip abroad.
The Liberian leader who flew from Accra, Ghana, just to form part of Lone Star game with Bafana Bafana of South Africa, was received by an array of government officials led by Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, George Wesseh Blamoh and ordinary citizens.
President Weah and a high-powered government delegation left Liberia for two important engagements – in the United States of America (USA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
To demystify “political propaganda” about him being under investigation by CIA, the Liberian leader told score of reporters at the RIA that his stay in the US was meant to have series of engagements with partners in the US and United Arab Emirates; contrary to speculation about his purported investigation.
He said the trip was one of his routine engagements with international partners for investment purposes, describing it as “fruitful”.
“As President, I represented the country; and the trip was one of my routine official engagements with international partners and stakeholders,” he said, adding, “I am happy that it was fruitful.”
The President continued: “Liberia has a huge biodiversity, including a huge forest reserve. We were able to ensure that our country benefits from international support related to our forest and other resources. There is forest fund, and there’s a need we tap from it.”
On a reporter’s question on what the President made of Lone Star game with South Africa on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at SKD, President Weah encouraged the players to do their best because the game is important for the country.
“I flew from Accra just to be part of the game. I hope they will do well,” President Weah, a legendary footballer, stated.
He also dispelled rumors that the government is not supporting Lone Star, saying the government has been doing well with support to the team, according to a statement from the Executive Mansion.
“We are supporting the Lone Star, but what we will not do is to report on whatever we are doing as a government on the social media,” he retorted.