France Commends Liberia for Intervening in Mali

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Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has thanked the Government of France for  intervening in Mali, the Central African Republic and in the Ivory Coast.

Vice President Boakai said Africans very much appreciate the efforts of the French Government to intervene in areas of conflict to save lives and property.

Vice President Boakai made the assertion Monday when the Ambassador of France accredited to Liberia; Joel Godeau, paid a courtesy call on him at his capitol building office.

He said the Government of Liberia was closely following that Government’s assistance in critical areas of Liberia’s national development including capacity building, humanitarian programs, and described France as a friend and partner to Liberia.

VP Boakai noting further said Government was impressed by the level of French investment in Liberia and cited the reopening of Air France Offices in Liberia and TOTAL among numerous investments.

Earlier, His Excellency Joel Godeau said, come 2014 through 2019, there will be an increase in funding to Liberia through the European Development Fund, the EDF, and that while here he will work with the relevant authorities to attract more French investment to Liberia.

Ambassador Godeau praised the Liberian Government for contributing troops to the military efforts in Mali to restore democracy to that West African Nation that has been torn apart by years of sectarian violence.

Ambassador Godeau spoke of plans by his Government to work with African Governments to prepare their armies to rapidly respond to situations and crises that threaten the peace and stability of the continent.

Ambassador Godeau then presented to Vice President Boakai a copy of the final declaration of the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa of December 7, 2013 in which heads of State and Government reiterated their commitment to collective security in Africa and to encouraging peace and promoting human rights, in line with the goals and principles of the United Nations and the Constitutive Act of the African Union.

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