President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday received Letters of Credence from the newly accredited German Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert Jager,
on Tuesday at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia, an Executive Mansion release has said.
During the ceremony, President Sirleaf recalled that in 2007, the visit to Liberia by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was climaxed by a Roundtable discussion, which led to the Federal Republic of Germany’s assistance to Liberia through the European Union as well as the cancelation of Liberia’s huge debt owed the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group, the Paris Club, among others.
President Sirleaf also recalled that during Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy campaign in 2008, Germany also assisted Liberia in achieving that goal. She paid tribute to Germany’s role in the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, which according to her, is expected to be commissioned in December.
Apart from these supports, Liberia is also grateful to Germany for its Agro-based Program responsible for building farm-to-market roads and the construction of local bridges across the country over the years, she indicated.
She acknowledged the contributions of Germany backed by the support of other countries during the Ebola crisis, noting particularly when others were closing their Embassies here the German Embassy in Liberia remained open.
For his part, Ambassador, Jager informed President Sirleaf that the German Government is committed to further deepening the already strong ties between Liberia and Germany at both bilateral levels, involving the partnership between Liberia and the European Union.
Liberia and Germany will strengthen regular contacts at the governmental and civil society levels, which cover human rights, global issues and other topics of mutual interest, “assuring you of my intention to do my very best to cement the ties of our two countries and peoples,” Ambassador Jager noted.