The Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Jefferson Tamba Koijee has pat his long time buddy, US Congressman Gregory Meeks on the back for getting the Chairmanship of the United States Congress Foreign Affairs Committee. The move to elect Representative Meeks to the Congress influential position elevated the Queens Congressman to the top of the House’s foreign policy arm and resulted in the first election of a Black House Foreign Affairs Committee chair in the nation’s history.
Meeks is of African-American heritage, and according to a DNA analysis, he descended, mainly, from people of Sierra Leone. His great-grandparents were living in South Carolina when slavery was abolished.
Koijee hailed Meeks for being the first African-American to ascend to this noble height of congressional undertakings in the United States of America.
The Monrovia City Mayor sees Meeks’ victory as an advancement for color people, particularly the blacks. Koijee added that this is a documented step rise against discrimination in all forms as it signals a boost for democracy worldwide.
His district is made up largely of working, middle, and upper-middle-class African-American and West Indian American communities, but also includes a small part of Ozone Park and part of Howard Beach known as Old Howard Beach, both of which are predominantly middle-class Italian-American communities.
“My encounter with you over the time and very heartfelt interaction with you at the 2020 National Black Leadership Summit, an emergency convening held February 2- 4, 2020 in Washington DC, was very revealing and instinctive of what has manifested in your accomplishment today so I am not surprised!”
In recognition and appreciation of the historic and enduring US-Liberia relationship, Koijee indicates that he looks forward to future interactions with Representative Meeks as they together champion more democratic undertakings for both Liberia and the US.
Meanwhile, Meeks has been serving as the US Representative from New York since 1998. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
His district formerly included, in the last Congress, most of southeastern Queens, including Jamaica, Laurelton, Rosedale, Cambria Heights, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, The Rockaways, and the John F. Kennedy International Airport.
In addition, Meeks represented much of Kew Gardens and northern Richmond Hill, as well as the largely Irish American western portion of the Rockaway Peninsula.
At the center of Rep. Gregory Meeks’ foreign policy is a return to diplomacy as the basis for approaching foreign affairs. Among Rep. Meeks’ plans for rebuilding diplomatic ties with international partners and allies includes reversing President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization and entering into negotiations with Iran to re-broker the Iran Nuclear Deal implemented under President Obama.
In accepting his new position as the House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, Rep. Meeks stated that “this will not be a return to normal, but a leap towards doing a new way of business.”