Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Several Envoys Present Letters to Pres. Sirleaf

(MONROVIA-March 25, 2008): President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says her government is confident of achieving its development goals. The President expressed the optimism Tuesday when she received separately, the Letters of Credence of the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ireland, Kenya and Portugal.

Ambassadors presenting their Letters of Credence include His Excellency Kyle O’Sullivan of Ireland, His Excellency Daniel Koikai of Kenya and His Excellency Antonio Montenegro of Portugal, during ceremonies at the President’s Foreign Ministry office. In remarks, the Chief Executive praised Ireland for its continuous support, recalling that since 2004, Ireland has committed 8 million pounds towards Liberia’s reconstruction. The President welcomed the disclosure that Ireland wants to open a permanent office in Liberia.

Irish Ambassadior presenting credentials

In remarks with Ambassador Koikai, following the presentation of his letters of credence, the Liberian President spoke of her gratitude that Kenya has put in place a new government after its election crisis, and said Liberia looks forward to exploring concrete bilateral areas with Kenyan. During remarks with the Portuguese envoy, President Johnson Sirleaf spoke of Liberia’s potential to become a success story with the help of strong bilateral cooperation.

For his part, Irish Ambassador O’Sullivan assured the President of Ireland’s continuous support to Liberia. He said his country sees what he referred to as “a window of opportunity in Liberia.” Kenyan envoy Daniel Koikai stressed his endeavor to strengthen bilateral relations between both countries.

Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia

He said the political solution developed by Kenya after its election crisis is “accommodating of all political interests.” For his part, Portuguese Ambassador Montenegro also expressed his hope of working towards renewing ties with Liberia, and extended an invitation to the Liberian leader to visit Portugal.

The Ambassador og Kenya to Liberia sitting with President Sirleaf

Also present at the ceremonies were Acting Foreign Minister William Bull, Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Simeon Cole, Assistant Foreign Minister for Afro-Asian Affairs Henry Fahnbulleh and Liberia’s Ambassador to France McKinley Thomas

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