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Liberia bids farewell to Amb. Nordstrom

Release/Maximilian Kasseh,Jr.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and outgoing Amb. Lena Nordstrom
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and outgoing Amb. Lena Nordstrom

Monrovia-The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordstrom, has been lauded for her accomplishments during her tenure in Liberia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made the commendation at the ceremony marking the end of tenure of the outgoing Ambassador, especially in the areas of agriculture, education, gender, economic cooperation, security sector, SDGs and bided her farewell. 

President Sirleaf named Liberia’s assertion to the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the strengthening of ties between both countries, among others.

An Executive Mansion release said President Sirleaf made the comments when she received outgoing Swedish Ambassador to Liberia during a courtesy call at her Foreign Ministry office on Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Monrovia.

The Liberian leader praised the incredible contributions of Ambassador Lena Nordstrom and her government’s role in Liberia’s recovery efforts, through its Development Agency, with support to projects on women’s empowerment.

Others include Liberia’s deconcentration and decentralization programs and assistance to the agriculture sector and feeder road rehabilitation across Liberia. She praised the departing Swedish Envoy for her immense contributions to the sustenance of mutual peace and stability.

President Sirleaf among other things spoke of the need for continued stronger cooperation between the two countries, amid Sweden’s commitment to the relationship between Liberia and Sweden. 

Outgoing Swedish Ambassador then said: “I am pleased to have worked in Liberia, especially serving in a country that has the first elected female African President.”

She said during her fifteen months of work in Liberia, she experienced a pleasant working relationship with the Liberian government, which has grown stronger and stronger.

The Swedish diplomat acknowledged President Sirleaf’s extraordinary leadership role  over the years and expressed admiration for her ability to remember current development issues  in spite of her age adding, “ I must commend you for your level of refreshed memories, especially to be on top of detailed happenings at your age,” she emphasized.

Before her appointment to Liberia in September 2015, she served as Ambassador to Zambia and was also accredited to COMESA from November 2011 to September 2015.

Prior to that, she served as the Swedish Ambassador to Colombia, with concurrent accreditation to Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela from September 2005 to October 2011.

The Swedish diplomat departs the country next week to take on her new assignment.


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