President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has hailed the level of cooperation between Liberia and Sierra Leone in fighting the outbreak of the Ebola virus that has hit the Mano River Union leading to scores of death from the two countries.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, speaking when she received the Letters of Credence of the new Sierra Leonean Ambassador to Liberia, said she wants the two countries to continue sharing vital information on fight against the deadly virus.
The Liberian leader said Government has taken several measures aimed at curtailing the outbreak including setting up testing and quarantine centers.
Besides, President Sirleaf informed the new Sierra Leonean Ambassador that she was impressed with the post-war development of the neighboring country especially its aim to create a middle income country which she said was becoming an example of a successful post-war country.
President Sirleaf recounted the historical ties between the two countries tracing long years of friendship with similar origin, culture, difficulties and progress and believes by these, nothing should stop us from being sisterly neighboring countries.
On the sub-regional level, the Liberian leader recounted the high level of cooperation and support received from President Ernest Bai Koroma during her chairmanship of the Mano River Union, a position she recently turned over to Guinea following over four years in charge.
“Through his support,” President Sirleaf said, “the MRU was able to work together and engage in more development initiatives in member countries.”
Speaking earlier, Ambassador Brima Acha Kamara extended, on behalf of President Koroma, his renewed commitment to sub-regional cooperation in the interest of the common peoples.
Ambassador Kamara said his country was particularly impressed with the level of treatment by Liberia to Sierra Leone refugees during the conflict in that country which he said demonstrates the good neighborliness subsisting between the two countries.
Ambassador Kamara praised President Sirleaf for her demonstrative leadership which he said has further brought Liberia and Sierra Leone closer and renewed his country’s vow not to ever allow its territory to be used for generating conflict to its neighbors including Liberia.
Ambassador Kamara, who is also former Police Inspector- General of Sierra Leone, said he sees Liberia as a second home and promised to work in further enhancing the friendly ties between the countries.
Ambassador Brima Acha Kamara replaces Ambassador Marie Jilo Barnett who early this year ended her tour of duty in Liberia.
By: Mr. Jerolinmek Matthew Piah
Presidential Press Secretary/Office of the President
Department of Public Affairs
Republic of Liberia