South Africa’s Ambassador to Liberia, V.P Moodley, has pledged his country’s support to Liberia in its fight against the Ebola Virus Disease, the same way Liberia supported the liberation struggle against Apartheid in South Africa.
Ambassador Moodley stressed that the international community will also continue to support the people of Liberia in the struggle to defeat the Ebola virus like they did in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
The South African envoy made the pledge Wednesday evening during celebrations marking the 22nd Anniversary of Freedom Day of the Republic of South Africa held at a local hotel in Monrovia.
He maintained that the struggle to defeat Ebola is a global challenge that not only confronts the people affected directly but mankind as a whole, requiring all members of the global community to unite against this scourge.
He also expressed thanks to the government and people of Liberia for maintaining peace since 2003 and respecting the outcomes of elections, including using their institutional mechanisms to resolve differences.
Ambassador Moodley noted that South Africa established diplomatic relations with Liberia by means of an exchange of notes in January 1997, and the same year the Liberian government opened an Embassy in Pretoria.
He added that South Africa’s resident mission was opened in Monrovia in 2010.
He disclosed that both governments have signed an MOU on General Cooperation which will pave the way in areas such as trade, investment, fisheries, mining, infrastructural development, banking, and many substantial opportunities presented by huge untapped markets.
It can be recalled that at the end of March, a 30 year-old women died from the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia which confirmed the outbreak of the disease in the country again after Liberia was declared free from Ebola three times by the World Health Organization.