President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz says his government will work with Liberia to consolidate the relations between both countries.
“We will work and consolidate the relations between our two countries,” he assured, urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to join him to further strengthen the bilateral relations as it was in the past.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz made the statement when he and President Sirleaf addressed a joint press stakeout in the Foyer of the Foreign Ministry on Monday, January 5, 2015.
The Mauritanian President who is also the current Chairman of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government was in Liberia on a solidarity two-day visit. He had arrived from the Republic of Guinea on a similar visit.
Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz reiterated that this Ebola challenge being experienced by countries in sub-region and by extension the region should consolidate our solidarity and our mutual support to each other; noting that though it has been a serious challenge, this will help countries in the region come out more determined to unite through our bilateral relations which had been very strong in the past.
He expressed his country’s support to Liberia during this very difficult period of the country’s history; and expressed the AU’s commitment and support to President Sirleaf’s heroic fight she’s leading and the unyielding determination of the Government and people of Liberia in its fight against the Ebola virus disease. “You can count on the support of the AU and we are sure and certain that you will defeat this epidemic,” he said.
The Mauritanian President noted the serious losses that Liberia is experiencing in both human and economic terms due to Ebola and used the opportunity to express his heartfelt condolence to the Government and people of Liberia for the loss.
He also expressed his admiration for the remarkable and dignified attitude of Liberians in battling the disease most especially the healthcare personnel of both Liberia and the AU who have come to assist their African brothers and sisters.
The current chairman of the AU Heads of State and Government expressed gratitude to the international community for the support provided Liberia and the other worst affected countries in fighting the Ebola virus disease.
He expressed profound gratitude to the government and people of Liberia for the warm hospitality accorded him and his delegation during the two-day visit to Liberia.
Earlier, welcoming Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to Liberia, President Sirleaf recalled the relationship between both countries which predate Mauritanian’s independence. She indicated that Liberia and Mauritania Heads of State have exchanged numerous visits as well as signed communiqués, cooperation agreements and protocols. “This visit gives us the opportunity to once again strengthen and deepen that relationship,” she stressed.
“The visit to Monrovia marked the first by the Mauritanian leader during her administration intended as a show of solidarity with the Government and people of Liberia in the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” she said.
President Sirleaf particularly thanked the Mauritanian President for the leadership he has exhibited as current Chairman of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and the personal effort made to mobilize resources to support the three countries worse affected by the Ebola virus disease.
“As a result, we now have 30 African health workers working with Liberia against the Ebola disease as well as received financial that have been mobilized by the AU,” she recalled.
On behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, President Sirleaf thanked the Mauritanian President for the bilateral support his government provided Liberia through a Memorandum of Understanding in the fight against Ebola. “Thank you so much for the support,” the Liberian leader said.
As part of the visit, at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium, both Liberia’s President Sirleaf and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, witnessed the signing of an agreement between both governments for the provision of LD$37 million grant to assist in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.
Liberian Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while the Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, Mr. Sidi Ould Tah signed on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Later in the evening, President Sirleaf hosted a dinner in honor of Mauritanian Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, at the Royal Grand Hotel.
He departed Liberia on Tuesday, January 6, for Sierra Leone in continuation of his visit to the three worse countries affected by the Ebola.