The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received expressions of concern by parents about the public comments made by the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during a one-day visit to Monrovia, regarding the Turkish Light International School System. The school operates a pre-primary, primary, junior and senior high school in Liberia.
In his comments, Minister Çavuşoğlu asserted that the school does not represent the interests and aspirations of the Government and people of Turkey. He, therefore, appealed to the Government of Liberia to remove the current management of the school. According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Ministry would like to inform the public that the Government of Liberia is aware of the failed coup in Turkey a year ago, July 15, 2016, which is being linked to the founder of these schools in Liberia and many other countries across the globe by the Turkish Government. As was stated by Liberia’s Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara during the media stakeout with her Turkish counterpart, the matter was brought to the attention of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government has made the commitment to investigate it.
However, the Government has no evidence or facts on the matter and, as such, has committed to launch an investigation to determine the veracity of the allegations levied against the school and its proprietors. The Government of Liberia will not support any entity whose objective could bring harm to Liberia and/or friendly countries. Meanwhile, until the investigation is concluded, the Turkish Light International School System remains a private institution of learning in Liberia.