Liberia Ambassador to the United States of America, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, is representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the funeral of the former President of Israel, Shimon Peres, a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C. has said.
The funeral of Peres, 93, will take place today, Friday, September 30, in Jerusalem.
While in Israel, Ambassador Sulunteh will convey condolences from President Sirleaf, the government and people of Liberia to the government and people of the State of Israel for the loss of the eminent international statesman, the dispatch said.
In the message of condolence, Ambassador Sulunteh will recount how Peres, who was known to millions around the world as “Israel’s Warrior of Peace,” will forever be remembered for his role in preserving peace and being a strong voice for the preservation of the State of Israel.
Liberia and Israel have enjoyed a special relationship since Liberia casted the tie-breaking vote at the United Nations in support of the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
Over the decades before Liberia’s civil crises, Israel and Liberia enjoyed a strong bilateral relationship where Israel was actively involved in Liberia’s economic and infrastructural development programs.
As part of effort to fully restore the relationship subsisting between both countries, President Sirleaf paid an official visit to Israel in June this year. During the visit, President Sirleaf met the Israeli leadership including the President and the Prime Minister as well as entrepreneurs among others to further cooperation between both countries.
Earlier on Wednesday, September 28, President Sirleaf sent a message of consolation to her counterpart, Reuven Rivlin of Israel, for the passing of Peres, a former President and twice Prime Minister of Israel.
In her Condolence Message to President Rivlin, President Sirleaf said: “It is with profound shock and deep sorrow that we have learned of the death of Mr. Shimon Peres, a towering political figure, who served twice as Prime Minister and as President of your great country.”
President Sirleaf stated that Mr. Peres, who also won the Nobel Peace Prize, will be remembered for the formidable role he played in the founding of the State of Israel and the most prominent effort to consolidate lasting peace with Palestine and Israel’s Arab neighbors under the Oslo Peace Accord of 1993.
As she extended to the government of the State of Israel and the bereaved family her heartfelt condolences for the irreparable loss sustained, she added with deep regrets: “It is our hope that the resilience and strength that the people of Israel have always demonstrated during challenging circumstances will be brought to bear during this difficult period of national mourning.”