Prez Sirleaf Extols Diplomatic Corps for ‘Unprecedented Show of Unity’

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled members of foreign missions accredited near Monrovia for an “unprecedented show of unity” at Liberia’s 168th Independence Day celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the President also took the time to thank and praise bilateral and multilateral partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), other UN Agencies, World Bank Group (WB), European Union (EU), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Foundations and individuals, for “unprecedented show of solidarity,” during the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) crisis in Liberia.

She especially applauded the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), for mobilizing what she called unprecedented private sector supports including the recruitment of 339 African professionals from 16 African countries to make the sacrifice to leave their countries and families to join Liberia in the fight.

As of Liberia’s relations with other nations, she stated that her government is pleased to note that bilateral relations with governments’ representatives near Monrovia have been most cordial.

Moreover, the president added; “Today they are here in an unprecedented show of unity. I have never been at an event, not even in the capital, where all our representatives have come together in one body.”

She observed that the show of unity from members of the Diplomatic Corps especially at the country’s 168th independence observance is a “special gift that the diplomats had taken to the people of Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.” Grand Kru co-hosted the 168th Independence Day events.

The President stated that Liberians had once again gathered in the spirit of unity “in unprecedented representation at all levels and all persuasions in our society. We have come to demonstrate patriotism in recognition of the long road of definitive and quantifiable progress.”

President Sirleaf urged all Liberians to go out touching each other, adding: “say a good thing to someone today; say a good thing for your country today.”

For his part, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan mentioned the names of at least 32 presidents and heads of government as well as heads of some international organizations that sent messages of congratulations and felicitations to President Sirleaf on the nation’s 168th Independence Day.

He also thanked and praised 13 members of the Diplomatic Corps, who had travelled deep in the jungle to Grand Kru to form part of the historic event.

“Most of them,” he said “are accredited to Liberia and not Monrovia alone. As such, they decided to come to the interior.”

According to the Minister, representatives of foreign governments had gone to that far end of Liberia in order “to see, to hear and then to act later”.

Members of the Diplomatic Corps were led to the Independence Day events in both Sinoe and Grand Kru counties by Guinean Ambassador Abdullah Doré, who is the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps.

At the formal program held in the J. Dominic Bing City Hall in Greenville, Sinoe County, Ambassador Doré congratulated President Sirleaf on behalf of himself and his colleagues as the nation celebrated its 168th anniversary.

He cautioned Liberians not to talk about Ebola again as the nation has been successful in defeating the deadly virus.

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