Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has showered praises on two distinguished outgoing Ambassadors accredited to Liberia from South Africa and La Côte d’Ivoire, respectively, for their “remarkable and outstanding” roles played in cementing the existing relationships between their countries and Liberia.
Minister Ngafuan made the assertion last Friday at a farewell reception held in honor of South Africa, Ambassador Masilo Esau Mabeta and Ivorian Ambassador Kapieletins Soro’s.
Minister Ngafuan expressed deep gratitude to the two Ambassadors for the cordial relations, and for working to expand the cooperation between their countries and Liberia.
He said the ties between Liberia and South Africa, and La Côte d’Ivoire has grown even stronger, especially during the tenure of the two outgoing Envoys.
While thanking the South African Ambassador for his instrumentality in ensuring that South African visas are issued in Monrovia, Minister Ngafuan said the country will miss him, “because he came with special thoughts in his own ways to achieve his goals, to which other government officials can attest. He knows all the villages, towns, counties across Liberia. So thank you very much for what you have done,” Minister Ngafuan told Ambassador Mabeta.
While bidding the two Envoys farewell on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Minister thanked both for serving their respective countries well. By that, they have also served the continent well, and by serving the continent well, you have served mankind well.
The Foreign Minister also paid special homage to Ambassador Mabeta’s wife, adding that she has been an integral part of all he husband success.
He said under Ambassador Mabeta’s tenure, the relations between Liberian and South Africa have grown to a new level, especially with the issuance of South African visas in Liberia which, he noted, have considerably reduced the financial burden on Liberians.
Also hailing the cordial relationship between Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire, the Foreign Minister recounted Ambassador Soro’s excellent role in cementing the ties of cordiality between the two countries.
He added that Ambassador Soro has worked closely with Liberia in solving most of the growing challenges, especially the cross border crisis between both nations, which he said was addressed through the quadripartite frameworks, which led to the holding of several meetings between the two sisterly countries and brought together their two Heads of State and government along with the two UN Missions in both countries.
He stated that due to the mutual cooperation and commitment of Ambassador Soro, some of the obstacles facing the two nations’ relationships were brought to a peaceful settlement, which helped to avoid potential crisis in the region.
He stressed that while the border crisis was at the state of escalating, the two countries’ presidents and their foreign ministers had to work “very hard” at improving the security situation along their common borders.
For his part, Ambassador Soro thanked officials, who turned out to grace what he called special occasion.
He specifically thanked Minister Ngafuan for the personal and official assistance his Ministry rendered him while he was on his tour of duty in Liberia.
He also hailed the hospitality of the Liberian Government and people for the manner in which his country’s refugees’ issues were managed.