The French ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Joel Godeau, has said that renovation of the embassy and residence within a unique location is a demonstration of France’s desire to improve the image of its representation in Liberia.
Speaking at the official opening of the embassy last Saturday at its new location in Congo Town, Ambassador Godeau said the new improvement is to reinforce the security of its embassy and to express its commitment to develop further its relations and partnership with Liberia.
“We wish to make our presence felt particularly in the economic field as the country is in this phase of post-Ebola recovery,” Ambassador Godeau said.
He paid glowing tribute to Liberian government officials, other representatives of embassies and United Nations officials present at the occasion. Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly attended the occasion.
The French side was also represented by defense attaché, Colonel Clement, and police attaché Colonel Brunaud, who flew in from Abidjan,” Ambassador Godeau said.
The occasion gave him the opportunity to celebrate the friendly bilateral relations between France and Liberia. The gathering of foreign diplomats included US Ambassador Deborah Malac and United Nations Secretary General’s Representative Karen Landgren.
The huge gathering was treated to what Ambassador Godeau said were the initiatives of the world-famous French Chef, Alain Ducasse, with support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, headed by Mr. Laurent Fabius. They launched the ‘Gout de France’ (Taste of France), which consisted of a typical French dinner.
1300 restaurants in many countries over five continents celebrated at the same date, the French gastronomy “and most of my colleagues, ambassadors of France, hosted a dinner at their official residences.”
The gathering enjoyed typical French products from the various regions of France, including Corse, Lozere, Region de Lyon, Perigord, Camargue and Catalogne Francais, all dedicated to the opening of the new premises of the French Embassy in Liberia.