Friday, March 6, 2009

Liberian Diplomat, Kosovo Envoy Discuss Global Financial Crisis

….Lauds Liberia for Recognition of Kosovo Independence

(MONROVIA, Thursday, March 05, 2009): The Liberian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and Ireland , His Excellency, Wesley M. Johnson, on March 4, 2009, received in audience at the Liberian Embassy, the Charge d' Affaires, from the Republic of Kosovo , Dr. Muhamet Hamiti.

Receiving Dr. Hamiti, Ambassador Johnson thanked him for the visit and expressed the support the Liberian Government had given the Government of Kosovo by the recognition of Kosovo’s Independence , and trust that the cordial relations that now exists between the two countries will continue to improve, which may perhaps lead to the opening of diplomatic missions in both Capitals.

According to a Foreign Ministry Release, Dr. Hamiti also thanked Ambassador Johnson for receiving him and asked that the Liberian envoy convey to the President, Government and people of Liberia the warm sentiments for support given Kosovo by the Government of Liberia.

He welcomed the hope of exchanging diplomatic mission in both capitals in the not too distant future. The two envoys then discussed issues of importance confronting the comity of nations, especially the global financial crisis and the political fallout it might cause relative to world recession.

They also expressed confidence that both nations will continue to adhere to the principles and Charter of the United Nations with the conviction that all peace-loving nations of the world must live together in harmony.

Ambassador Johnson said Liberia being a peace-loving nation, extends her hands of friendship to all peaceful nations of the world and that the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration is ready for business, adding that all peaceful nations are invited to come and invest in the Liberian economy.

Meanwhile, the President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has sent a Message of Congratulations to the President, Government and People of the Republic of Ghana, on the auspicious occasion marking the 52nd Independence Anniversary of that country.

According to a Foreign Ministry Release, in the message to Her Ghanaian Counterpart, His Excellency President John Atta-Mills, Madam Johnson Sirleaf conveyed warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Ghanaian leader, and through him, to the Government and People of Ghana on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, and in Her own name, noting that the bond of friendship subsisting between the two countries will continue to grow stronger in the years ahead.

President Johnson-Sirleaf then prayed that as Liberia joins Ghana in celebrating this prestigious occasion, the people of Ghana will enjoy the shower of blessing under the dynamic leadership of President John Atta-Mills.

3 Presidents: Halonen, Wade, Kigame Arrive Today

To Participate In An Int'l Women Colloquium

(MONROVIA, THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2009): The President of Finland, Her Excellency, Mrs. Tarja Halonen, at the head of a 37-member delegation, arrives in the country tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2009, on a State Visit.

Two African Presidents, His Excellency, Mr. Abduaoleya Wade of the Republic of Senegal, coming with a 28-member delegation and His Excellency, Mr. Paul Kigame of the Republic of Rwanda, heading of a 19-member delegation, will also arrive in the country this week to participate in the International Women Colloquium, co-convened by President Johnson-Sirleaf and her Finland counterpart, President Halonen.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the President of Finland and delegation will arrive at the Roberts International Airport, onboard a Special Presidential Aircraft, and will be received by the Liberian leader, President Johnson Sirleaf.

Upon arrival, President Tarja Halonen will be accorded an appropriate traditional welcome befitting a world leader and presented white rice and kola nuts by the Chairman of the National Council of Chiefs, Chief Zanzan Karwor.

On the same day, President Tarja will address the Joint Session of the House of Representatives and the House of Senate after which she will proceed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the Finland leader will be gowned by the Traditional Council of Chiefs, and admitted into the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia by Grand Master of the Orders of the Republic of Liberia, President Johnson-Sirleaf.

Also during the ceremony, President Halonen will bestow on Her Excellency, President Johnson Sirleaf, the Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland with Chain and Star.

Meanwhile, the International Colloquium for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security will be graced by high profile women leaders and dignitaries from around the world.

Prominent among International dignitaries expected in the country include: Mrs. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, at the head of a 37-member delegation; President Paul Kigame of Rwanda, at the head a 19-member delegation; H.E Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal, at the head of a 28-member delegation, and Sharif Husayn Ibn’Ali, Queen of Jordan.

Others are: the Governor General of Canada, at the head a 22-member delegation, the Vice President of Spain, at the head of a 65-member delegation; the Vice President of The Gambia, at the head of a 9-member delegation; Margot Wallstron, Senior Vice President of the European Commission (EC), at the head of a12 -member delegation; the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union, at the head of a 3-member delegation and Her Excellency Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and the United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights respectively.

The international dignitaries also include H.E. Luisa Dias Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, at the head of a 10-member delegation; H.E. Kazimira Danute Prunskiere, Former Prime Minister of Lithuania; H.E. Rugh Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland; H.E. Maria Liberia-Peters, former Prime Minister of Netherlands and the First Lady of Sierra Leone, among hundreds of others prominent women leaders.