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Liberia’s foreign diplomats honor President Ellen Sirleaf

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

MONROVIA-Liberian Ambassadors and Heads of Missions have praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for improving Liberia Foreign Service and lifting the country’s image across the world.

The Liberian Leader was honored on Wednesday, March 16, 2017 by Liberian diplomats at a ceremony held at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia

The diplomats in a testimonial read by Liberia’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Jaja Kamara, said:” The Administration of President Sirleaf has removed the deep suspicion of acrimony which the International Community harbored against Liberia.”

Ambassador Kamara said that the Administration of has successfully worked to replace those negative perceptions to opinions of trust and goodwill that have enabled the attraction of necessary assistance of international partners that complimented domestic resources in lifting Liberia.

He also lauded President Sirleaf’s foreign policy which he said pursues neighborliness and emphasizes sub-regional and regional cooperation and integration.

Ambassador Kamara’s gratitude to President Sirleaf on behalf of his fellow diplomats for her comprehensive reform which saw the timely payment of salaries, rent and operational refunds as well as the renovation of diplomatic missions and the establishment of additional passport application centers.

Presenting the testimonial to President Sirleaf, Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara said the statement reflects the diplomats’ sincere feelings of recognition and appreciation for the President’s work to improve the conditions of those representing Liberia abroad.

Minister Kamara said the testimonial represents the truth as President Sirleaf’s Administration has made their work easier.
Responding to the honor, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described her recognition as heartwarming and extraordinary.

President Sirleaf said:” though other international recognitions of her work are quite important, praises from her own people are precious.”
The President however expressed dismay over the absence of the Speaker of the House of Representative, Emmanuel Nuquay, and Senate Pro-tempore, Armah Jallah, at the ceremony.

The President pointed out that she could not give excuse for their absence, but stressed that relationship between the Executive Mansion and the Legislature is cordial.

The President then thanked the ambassadors for the courage to serve distinctively despite the challenges and urged them to keep up the good work until the end of her administration.


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