Liberian Leader Consoles China, Tanzania, Also Congratulates Ireland On Saint Patrick’s Day

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended messages of condolence to the Governments and Peoples of the People's Republic of China and the United Republic of Tanzania for the death of their citizens.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the unfortunate situation occurred when a bus turned over in Guangzhou Province, Southwest China, killing 11 persons and leaving 19 others injured, while another van turned over in Linzhou City, Henan Province killed 20 persons and injured 13 others and the death of 41 persons in a truck accident in the Iringa Region in Tanzania.
The release further indicates that in her separate messages to her counterparts Dr. Jakaya Morisho Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania and XI Jinping of China, President Sirleaf extended her heartfelt condolences to them and the bereaved families for the irreparable loss sustained.
The Liberian leader then prayed that the fortitude, courage and resilience which has modeled the Chines character through the ages will see the Government and People of China through this period of national mourning and to the United Republic of Tanzania that the Almighty Allah will grant Dr. Kikwete and the People of Tanzania strength, courage and fortitude as they go through this period of national mourning.LINA

In a related development, the Liberian leader has also has sent a message of congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Ireland on the occasion commemorating Saint Patrick's Day.

In her message to H.E. Mr. Michael D. Higgins, President of the Republic of Ireland, President Johnson Sirleaf conveyed best wishes to the Government and People of Ireland, on behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Liberia and in her own name.

Madam Johnson Sirleaf said that as the people of Liberia join Ireland in celebrating this very significant day, both countries are reminded of the virtues of forgiveness and benevolence widely reflected in the life of Saint Patrick.

President Johnson further noted with much appreciation that the vibrant partnership of mutual benefits subsisting between both countries continue to grow from strength to strength, especially during Liberia's post-war reconstruction period.

A Foreign Ministry release says that the Liberian leader also expressed immense gratitude for the Irish support to the fight against Ebola to which the Government of Ireland has committed in direct funding of approximately €17 million to institutions working on the Ebola response in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Liberian President hoped that the Liberian-Irish relations will continue to enjoy ever stronger ties of friendship and cordiality as the two Governments together strive for the maintenance of global peace and security and for the respect of human dignity.

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