President George Weah and the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, have promised to lift bilateral relations and cooperation between their two countries and peoples to new heights of mutual benefit, Executive Mansions said in a release.
Shortly after meeting his Israeli counterpart on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Presidential Palace as part of his official visit to the State of Israel, President Weah commended the Government and people of Israel for the warm reception accorded him and his delegation since their arrival in that country.
According to the release, President Weah recalled the invaluable role that the State of Israel played during the country’s fight against the Ebola epidemic. He also hailed Israel’s infrastructure development efforts in Liberia, including the construction of the Monrovia City Hall, Temple of Justice, the Executive Mansion and Ducor Intercontinental Hotel, which is currently lying in ruins.
“Liberia will continue to stand by Israel to ensure genuine peace is restored with its neighbors,” Weah noted, calling on Israel to keep dialoguing with its neighbors as the surest way to bringing about lasting peace to the troubled region.
Earlier, Mr. Rivlin assured President Weah that Liberia remains a true traditional ally to Israel, adding, “Liberia was one of the first countries in the world to vote for the establishment of a two-state solution, Arab and Jewish states.”
“Additionally, Liberia is one of the first countries to recognize the Jewish State of Israel as an independent country,” Rivlin recalled.
He said Israel will never forget Liberia, “we are committed to increasing development support to Liberia. Already, we are supporting Liberia in the areas of medicines, agriculture and capacity building initiatives,” Mr. Rivlin said. “We will increase our support in other areas.”
President Weah, who has been advocating for Israeli investors to explore business opportunities in his country, is expected to climax his visit later on Thursday, February 28, 2019, with a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister.