President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence of the new Ambassador of India, Shri R. Ravindra. She recounted the longstanding Liberia-India relationship culminating in India’s support in the areas of education, scholarships at the levels of vocational education, energy and Liberia’s fight against Ebola, of which India was also a part.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia for the vital support of the Government of the Republic of India to the people of Liberia over the years.
The President however informed the Indian envoy that more assistance was particularly needed in the area of agriculture to help Liberia in its efforts to achieve food security.
“As Liberia strives for food security in the agriculture sector, your expertise will be needed in helping us achieve this critical target,” President Sirleaf told the new Indian envoy and appealed to him to convey to his government, Liberia’s request for India’s assistance in the agriculture sector – in terms of mechanized farming equipment including tractors, soil power tillers and an assortment of farming tools.
Concluding, President Sirleaf assured the Indian envoy that Liberia and India as members of the Non-Aligned Movement will continue to work together in promoting the aspirations of the Movement.
Responding, the Indian envoy assured President Sirleaf that while their discussions centered on reviewing the benefits of bilateral relations with India mainly in the area of scholarships in education and health, he promised to convey President Sirleaf’s request to his government for assistance in the agricultural sector. He called on line Ministries and Agencies responsible for data-collection to contact him after cataloging specific needs in the agricultural sector for appropriate response.
He described India’s partnership and cooperation with Liberia as notable, adding that he looks forward to working with President Sirleaf and her government to the very end of her administration.
Ambassador Ravindra was accompanied to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Indian businessman and Honorary Council Upjit Singh Sachdeva while President Sirleaf was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon S. Kamara and Minister of State without Portfolio, Sylvester Grisgby, among others.