Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sara Beysolow Nyanti.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sara Beysolow Nyanti

Foreign Minister Beysolow Nyanti Provides Update on Passport Replacement

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sara Beysolow Nyanti, reported a 61% achievement in the replacement of Diplomatic, Official, and Service passports during a MICAT regular press briefing on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Minister Beysolow Nyanti disclosed that the passport replacement team received a total of 115 Diplomatic passports, 39 Official passports, and 76 Service passports.

She commended the team for their discreet handling of information and data management, emphasizing the critical importance of data security in institutions. 

Foreign Minister Beysolow Nyanti stressed that managing Liberian passports is not a political endeavor but a necessary measure to ensure the integrity of the passport system and safeguard against non-Liberians holding Liberian passports.

Furthermore, Minister Beysolow Nyanti assured that the replacement process prioritizes timely delivery to recipients and aims to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing Liberian passports.

She urged all Liberians to collaborate in protecting the country's identity and reiterated the ministry's commitment to implementing regulations governing the return of Diplomatic passports.

In addition to passport replacement efforts, the Foreign Ministry is convening an inter-ministerial meeting with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Internal Affairs, NASSCORP, National Election Commission (NEC), National Security, National Identification Registry, and others. The meeting aims to establish protocols to safeguard national identifications, including exploring interoperable systems for passports and driver's licenses and addressing concerns related to fake birth certificates.

On the issue of Liberian displacement in Accra, Ghana, following the closure of the Buduburam Camp, Minister Beysolow Nyanti announced repatriation plans for the 1539 homeless Liberians. She acknowledged the collaborative efforts between the Liberian Embassy in Accra and the Ghanaian Refugee Board in providing refuge support. 

The Liberian Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), in coordination with the Foreign Ministry team led by Deputy Foreign Minister Cllr. Jeddi Armah, is actively engaged in Accra to devise mitigation strategies and find a permanent solution for the displaced citizens.