Liberian Leader Visits Terrorist Hit Grand Bassam

Pres. Sirleaf and Pres. Quattara at a joint Press stake-out at the Presidential Palace (1)President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid a solidarity visit to the Etoile du Sud Hotel in the coastal resort of Grand Bassam which was recently attacked by terrorists.

The Liberian leader is in Cote d’Ivoire to attend the African Development Fund (ADF) First Replenishment Meeting, according to an Executive Mansion release issued Wednesday.

During the visit, she laid a wreath and signed the book of condolence and expressed profound regret and sympathy over the terrible incident to the people of La Cote d’Ivoire and other countries whose citizens also lost their lives in the deadly attack.

President Sirleaf in a sombre mood paid tribute on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia to the Government and people of La Côte d’Ivoire, especially the families of the victims, adding, “We express our heartfelt condolences and pray God’s blessings on their souls during such difficult period of mourning.”

The deadly attack took place on Sunday, March 13, at  Etoile du Sud Hotel in the Ivorian beach resort of Grand Bassam.

Meanwhile, according to the dispatch, the First Replenishment Meeting of the ADF began Thursday in Abidjan.

The meeting brought together experts and ADF Deputies to identify and explore available options for mobilizing resources for additional subscriptions and supplementary resources with an overall aim to sustain the Fund’s operational activities during the implementation of the Bank Group’s ten-year strategy.

President Sirleaf delivered the keynote address on Thursday, the dispatch said.

President Sirleaf was accompanied by Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah, Cllr. Seward Cooper, Legal Advisor to President Sirleaf, among others.

Earlier, according to the dispatch, President Sirleaf was met on arrival at the Felix Houphouet Boigny International Airport by the Ivorian Foreign Minister Albert Toikeusse Mabri, and Mohammed Kenneth, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia near Abidjan.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.