President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Gabon, Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, on that country’s 57th Independence Anniversary today, August 17.
This national holiday commemorates the independence of Gabon from France in 1960. Its colonization began in the first half of the 19th Century, when France signed treaties with local tribal chiefs and established a protectorate over the coastal area. The French officially occupied the entire territory of Gabon in 1885. In 1910, Gabon became one of the four territories comprising French Equatorial Africa, along with French Congo, Chad and Ubangi-Shari (now the Central African Republic). When French Equatorial Africa was dissolved in the late 1950s, France agreed to give Gabon complete independence.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt felicitations and best wishes to the Government and people of the Republic of Gabon.