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Liberia, Israel call for renewed areas of cooperation

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  The Israeli Prime Minister greets President Sirleaf.
The Israeli Prime Minister greets President Sirleaf.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- Liberia and Israel have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries for the mutual benefits of their respective peoples.

According to a dispatch from Israel, Liberian President, Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made the commitment Thursday, June 9, 2016 when the two leaders held bilateral talks aimed at exploring new priority areas of cooperation.

During the talks, President Sirleaf called for renewed commitment and cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the areas of security, agriculture and energy through the exchange of innovative techniques.

She praised Liberia-Israel relations over the years and emphasized the need for both countries to translate their relations into meaningful development programs.

The Liberian Leader said: “A delegation of Israeli experts will visit Liberia shortly to carry out an assessment to determine themost efficient mode of implementing tangible projects.”

“I extend our condolences to the Government and people of Israel on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia for the recent terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv,” she said.

Responding, Prime Netanyahu, called for more intelligence sharing and the enhancement of capabilities to defeat terrorism across the world.

The Israeli Prime Minister promised to work along with the Liberian Government to ensure that relations between their two countries are  strengthened.

Liberia and Israel have built long-standing bilateral ties which accrued rewarding dividends for both countries through excellent diplomatic expediency over the years.

Prior to her state visit to Israel, President Sirleaf also attended the 49th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government  in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.where she was elected as Chairperson of that regional august body.

Meanwhile, President Sirleaf and delegation returned  home Friday, June 10, 2016 via the Roberts International Airport (RIA).


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