Gov. Dayton meets with Liberian Vice President Boakai

Gov. Mark Dayton will meet today with Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai, who’s in the Twin Cities for a weeklong visit with officials and to meet with some of the more than 30,000 Liberians who live here.

Boakai is discussing his country’s recovery from the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Minnesota National Guard members were scheduled to fly to the West African country earlier this year to help in the Ebola fight, but that deployment was canceled as the epidemic abated.

Blois Olson says in his newsletter that Boakai’s visit may include an announcement of a new Liberian consulate in the Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center area, where many Liberians live. The consulate will renew passports and grant visas, as well as foster trade and investment. 

In an interview with The AfricaPaper, Boakai “expressed his government’s gratitude to Liberians in Minnesota as well as international partners in the Twin Cities for their various role in fighting Ebola in Liberia.”

The paper said a dinner for Boakai would raise funds to transport medical and emergency supplies to Liberia.

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