President Sirleaf Lauds Outgoing Indian Ambassador

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the outgoing Ambassador of India to Liberia, Anil K. Sharan, for the services he and the Government of India continue to render to Liberia.

“During your tenure here Ambassador Sharan, you contributed immensely to the strengthening of relations between our two countries; for which we must highly commend you,” the Liberian leader said.

The Liberian leader made the comments on Friday, February 7, when the departing Indian Ambassador paid a farewell courtesy call at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.

President Sirleaf said that during Ambassador Sharan’s tenure a new level of strength was achieved in Liberia-India relations. The President said this was realized by exploring and breaking new grounds for strategic partnership and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect for each other in the interest of both countries and peoples.

She said the long-standing friendly ties between Liberia and India have enabled successful cooperation in the areas of agriculture, education, health and transportation, among others – all geared towards enhancing and accelerating Liberia’s recovery process.

President Sirleaf also pointed to India’s assistance in providing training and education, efforts which have made an impact in human capacity building for Liberia.

Madam Sirleaf also stated that she was very pleased with Ambassador Sharan for his support during his tenure in arranging her State Visit to India last September.

The President hoped that Ambassador Sharan took with him fond memories of his time in Liberia, the challenges the country overcame, and the progress both countries made together.

“Carry with you the good wishes of the Government and people of Liberia,” she said.

For his part, the outgoing Indian Ambassador expressed happiness to have served as his country’s envoy to Liberia.

“The highlight of my tenure here was arranging and overseeing your successful State Visit to India,” the Ambassador told President Sirleaf.

Ambassador Anil K. Sharan said he would depart with fond memories of this beautiful country.

Ambassador Sharan, who presented his Letters of Credence to President Sirleaf on October 23, 2012, returns to India after stints of diplomatic duties in Washington, D.C., in the United States of America; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Liberia, with concurrent accreditations to the Republics of Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.

He was accompanied to President Sirleaf’s office by India’s Honorary Consul to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva.

Sharing some of their memories the outgoing India Ambassador noted that during the historic State Visit by President Sirleaf, she was awarded one of India’s most prestigious prizes; the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.

The Liberian leader also delivered the Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Lecture and laid a wreath at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial.

“She also addressed a cross-section of Indian businessmen and industrialists, inviting them to engage in Liberia’s private sector,” the outgoing ambassador indicated.

He said at the end of the visit both governments also signed a US$144 million Indian soft loan to Liberia for the development of the power sector – a significant contribution to Government’s quest to improve access to affordable energy and help fuel economic development.

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