President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the government and people of La Côte d’Ivoire following the terrorist attack leading to the death of at least 16 people and the injury of several others at the Grand Bassam beach resort, near the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf in her message to her Ivorian counterpart, Alansane Ouattara, expressed shock that such an attack could happen in a neighborly and brotherly country, stating, “This attack has implications for the peace and security of the entire Mano River Basin and generates a sense of foreboding in our sub-region.”
“It is therefore with deep grief that I, on behalf of the government and people of Liberia, and in my own name, extend to the government and people of La Côte d’Ivoire, especially the families of the victims, our heartfelt condolences for the irreparable loss sustained.”
President Sirleaf stressed that the senseless attack should strengthen the two countries’ individual national resolve, sub-regional as well as regional cooperation in combatting forces that threaten the peace and stability of the region.
She assured her Ivoirian counterpart that during this difficult time of mourning, the government and people of Liberia stand in solidarity with the government and people of La Côte d’Ivoire.