ECOWAS Leaders Commend President Weah
Lome, Togo – The Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) took place in the Togolese capital Lome, with a recognition and commendation of the Liberian President George Manneh Weah.
President Weah’s attendance at this Extraordinary Summit is his first appearance as President of Liberia.
According to a dispatch from Lome, ECOWAS Chairman, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe in his opening address of the Summit commended President Weah on his historic elections as Liberia’s 24th President to a rousing applause.
He assured the Liberian leader and the people of Liberia that ECOWAS will remain engaged with Liberia during the tenure of President Weah.
The ECOWAS Chairman said the regional body was assured of the commitment of the Liberian leader to the Principles of ECOWAS and look forward to his involvement.
President Weah on Friday, April 13, 2018 departed the country for Lome, Togo to attend a one-day Extraordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.
The one-day Extraordinary Session will focused on the prevailing security and political situation in Guinea Bissau, which is reeling a long-running dispute between factions in the ruling Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC).
It can be recalled that the situation was triggered by the removal of the PAIGC Government then led by Mr. Dominigos Simoes Perisa in August 2015 by President Jose Mario Vaz and the subsequent removal of five successive governments.
On December 16, 2017, in the Final Communiqué during the 52nd Extraordinary Session, the ECOWAS Authority expressed its disappointment over the lack of progress in the peace process. ECOWAS Authority accepted a new roadmap presented by President Vaz for the implementation of the Conakry Agreement following the failure of stakeholders to make progress in the peace process.
Meanwhile, this is the first ECOWAS Summit to be attended by President Weah since assuming office as President of the Republic of Liberia.
Travelling with the President were Mr. Emmanuel Shaw, Special Advisor to the President, B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Naomi M. Gray, Assistant Minister for Afro-Asian Affairs, and Presidential Press Secretary, Sam Mannah.
While the President was away, Nathaniel Farlo McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Office Staff, chaired the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President and via telephone conversation with the President.
The leaders of ECOWAS got into closed door discussions on the security and political crisis in Guinea Bissau, which is the major focus of the one-day high-level meeting.
More than ten Heads of State and High-ranking Government Officials were in Lome, Togo attending the Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit.
The Liberian leader returned home on Saturday, April 14, 2018.