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Mauritania gives Liberia $US 400,000 for Ebola fight

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President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz

( Jan. 7, 2015)-The Government of Mauritania has provided U.S. $400,000   to assist Liberia combat the Ebola pandemic.

The commitment was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU signed between Liberia and Mauritania  Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed on behalf of Liberia while President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz signed on behalf of his government.

President Aziz, the current Chairperson of the African Union (AU), was on a solidarity visit to Liberia, one of the worst Ebola hit countries in West Africa.

In remarks, President Sirleaf welcomed her Mauritanian counterpart with profound gratitude for the visit.

"At a time when many others are keeping Liberia and Liberians at arm’s length as a result of the Ebola outbreak, you have come not only to express your solidarity; but you decided to spend the night with us.”  President Sirleaf said.

The Liberian Leader recounted the cordial ties subsisting between Liberia and Mauritania for past six decades will further be strengthened.

"Indeed, your visit has afforded us an opportunity to renew relations between Liberia and Mauritania."

For his part, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz thanked President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia for the warm reception, though noting he was not surprised.

“I am here to share with Liberians, to see the situation on the ground,” President Aziz said.

“No matter how it is dramatically difficult, I am very confident that Liberia and the other affected countries will come out of this challenge  and will be able to succeed in the recovery of their respective countries’ economies”, President Aziz noted.

He assured Liberia of his country and the AU’s unwavering support in eliminating Ebola Virus from the sub-region.


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