President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf left the country yesterday for a two-day working visit to La Cote d’Ivoire at the invitation of her counterpart, President Alassane Ouattara.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, who departed late Sunday evening, will hold bilateral talks with President Ouatarra today at the Presidential Palace.
The two leaders will later address a press conference before she returns home later in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, during President Sirleaf’s absence, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine K. Ngafuan, will chair the Cabinet.
In related presidential news, President Sirleaf has sent congratulatory messages to the Government and People of the Republic of Togo and the Republic of South Africa on their respective 55th and 23rd independence anniversaries.
In the message to Togolese President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, President Sirleaf extended sincere felicitations to the Government and People of Togo on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name.
Madam Sirleaf expressed the hope that Liberia and Togo will continue to work together in the spirit of the economic community of West African states (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), and the United Nations (UN) aimed at fostering peace, security and economic integration.
In the message to the South African President Jacob Zuma, President Sirleaf extended congratulations and best wishes to the Government and People of South Africa on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name.
Madam Sirleaf regretted that this anniversary of Freedom Day coincided with a difficult period in the history of South Africa and prayed that President Zuma will find the courage and strength to overcome this trying time and lead his people in the right direction in order to overcome this dark chapter and continue on the path of peace and economic freedom.
President Sirleaf hoped that Liberia and South Africa will continue to work together in furtherance of the principles of the African Union and the United Nations, aimed at promoting peace, security, and economic cooperation amongst member states.