President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended condolences to the peoples of Togo and South Korea for the catastrophic accidents both countries have experienced in recent days.
The President’s messages of condolence to these countries are on behalf of the people of Liberia and the Government. They are meant to register the deepest regrets and sorrow of the nation for the misfortune facing these two countries who share close diplomatic ties with Liberia.
In her statement of condolence, President Sirleaf said, “Government received the tragic news of both incidents with profound shock and deep sorrow.”
Making a reference to each country, the Liberian President prayed that God would grant the Government and People of Togo, especially the bereaved families, with strength, courage and fortitude as that nation goes through this period of national mourning.
Recently, there was a head on collision between a bus and a truck on the national highway of Atakpame, North of Lome, killing 48 people and injuring 16 others.
In South Korea, a ferry capsized and divers are still recovering bodies, President Sirleaf expressed deep regrets and extended her heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of that country over the tragedy.
The ferry went from the South Korean Port of Incheon to the Holiday Island of Jeju. It sank while en route, leaving one hundred and ninety (190) people missing.
The latest reports suggest that over 113 bodies have been recovered and divers were finding it difficult to get to people concentrated in certain areas of the vessel.
The Sirleaf administration is committed to strengthening Liberia’s Foreign Relations; an initiative that began since 2006 when the President first took office following years of war and loss of international image.
As a result of this post-war venture, over US$4 billion worth of debt Liberia accrued has been cancelled, making the country debt free; enabling it to borrow loans for development purposes.
President Sirleaf’s condolence messages to Presidents Faure Essozimna Gnassingb of Togo and Park Geun- Hye of South Korea, are not only a humanitarian reaction to tragic situations in both of these countries, but also a way of admitting that the President and the country are committed to maintaining strong relations that exist with both of these nations.