The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Alaa Khairat Issa, has assured Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara of his country’s willingness to train Liberian Foreign Service officers to learn the Arabic language.
“It is possible to do it and the mechanisms exist,” Ambassador Issa assured.
However, he noted, the mechanisms for this undertaking is not specific to his country’s Foreign Ministry but through the educational scholarships his country provides Liberia annually.
He noted that some of the scholarships can go towards this specific request to the Egyptian Government. “I will see what the Agency for Development can do,” Ambassador asserted.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Egyptian Ambassador made the commitment when he met with Foreign Minister Kamara during a courtesy call where the two exchanged views on Egypt-Liberia relations as well as other issues.
During the discussion, Foreign Minister Kamara appealed to Egyptian Ambassador Issa for his country’s assistance to train Liberian Foreign Service officers in the Arabic language.
“Our missions in the Arab world are suffering because we have very few people who are fluent in the Arabic language,” she said, adding that being trained to speak and write Arabic makes a huge difference, citing in-road and better understanding in an Arab-speaking country.
She noted that the Foreign Ministry is looking at it from the perspective of training for Ambassadors and Foreign Service officers assigned to Arab-speaking missions as well as some personnel at Home Office.
“We have to prepare our Foreign Service officers and the Home Office for diplomatic relations in the future,” Foreign Minister Kamara emphasized, adding that as the world gets smaller, one has to become versatile and multilingual to cope.
Earlier, Ambassador Issa extended thanks and appreciation to Foreign Minister Kamara for the audience accorded him and presented her a special message from her counterpart, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukr.
Responding, Foreign Minister Kamara said Liberia is pleased that the Arab Republic of Egypt “very active” on the international scene, especially occupying one of the non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council.
She added that Liberia has high expectations about Egypt’s interventions in that very important world organization that deals with African issues, which is about 80 percent.
“We are privileged to have Egypt there and are assured that Africa’s cause will be addressed,” she said.
Foreign Minister Kamara said she looked forward to working with the Egyptian Ambassador on ways to strengthen cooperation.