President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended a condolence message to her German counterpart, Mr. Joachime Gauck, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Germany, following the death of Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor.
Mr. Genscher (March 21, 1927–March 31, 2016) served as Minister of the Interior from 1969 to 1974, and as Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1974 to 1992 (except for a two-week break in 1982), making him the longest – serving occupant of either post. In 1991 he was chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Sirleaf recalled the bond of friendship that subsisted between the late Mr. Genscher and Mr. C. Cecil Dennis, the late former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, which strengthened the ties of friendship and reinforced the collaboration between both countries.
“We also recall with appreciation the pivotal role and invaluable financial contribution from the Federal Government to Liberia toward the hosting of the 16th OAU Summit in Monrovia, in July 1979,” President Sireaf indicated.
President Sirleaf said, “At the time of national mourning, please be assured of Liberia’s empathy with the people of the German Federation and wish that they will receive divine consolation.”