President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the Kingdom of Morocco for the level of support that Liberia continues to receive, especially in the heat of the Ebola outbreak, when that North African country kept its airline open “as others abandoned us and left”.
On presenting his letters of credence during a ceremony held at her Foreign Ministry office, President Sirleaf recounted to the new Moroccan envoy, Ambassador Majid Halim, Morocco’s role in promoting solidarity during the Ebola outbreak by allowing Royal Air Maroc to continue flights to and from Liberia.
It may be recalled that in the heat of the outbreak several countries, most especially African states, began to ostracize Liberia and other Ebola-affected nations, denying entry of vessels and airlines emanating from those countries.
Many multinational businesses and organizations also left for fear of their staff contracting the deadly virus. But Morocco through its airline, Royal Air Maroc, was among the few that stood by Liberia by helping in the transport sector. The President described this as “true African solidarity.”
President Sirleaf, welcoming Ambassador Halim, acknowledged the strong collaboration between the two countries both at the level of the African Union and bilaterally.
The Liberian leader lauded the Moroccan government for the provision of scholarships for over 100 Liberian students currently undergoing studies in Morocco and the construction of a girl’s dormitory at the Tubman University in Maryland County.
She also spoke of the establishment of the Liberia-Morocco Joint Commission, which meets alternately in each other’s capital to formulate and determine programs of cooperation between the two countries.
Ambassador Halim, conveyed a message of support and solidarity from the King of Morocco during what he called a difficult moment in Liberia’s history due to the Ebola outbreak.
The Ambassador who is resident in Conakry, Guinea pledged to stand with Liberia in all endeavors, including the battle to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease.