Liberia is to shortly open an Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, the disclosure was made on Thursday, May 6, at the UAE’s Foreign Ministry in Abu Dhabi following a meeting between Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and a high-powered Liberian delegation, which included the Minister of State Without Portfolio, Trokon Kpiu, and Maritime Commissioner, Lenn Eugene Nagbe.
Liberian Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Kemayah is scheduled to pay an official visit to Abu Dhabi in July 2021, where he and his counterpart will consummate the arrangement.
Sheikh Abdullah said the establishment of a full mission in the UAE will enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The Emirati Minister said even though many tangible projects are been implemented as a result of President Weah’s visit in 2019, “we must ramp up the economic cooperation between the two countries through foreign direct investments, which will reap mutual dividends for both sides”.
He said despite the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic had hindered the schedule of the implementation of some of the agreed projects, he is pleased that significant progress is being made.
Also speaking, Minister Kpui conveyed thanks and appreciation on behalf of President Weah to the government and people of the UAE for the level of cooperation between the two nations.
He named the ongoing construction of the 200-bedroom UAE-funded hospital in Gbarpolu County, the donation of US$5 million worth of drugs to the Ministry of Health, the allocation of US$5 million for a multi-purpose recreational park behind the Barclay Training Center as some of the many tangible benefits of the UAE-Liberia cooperation.
He called on his Emirati counterpart to have the UAE government explore more opportunities for cooperation.
For his part, Maritime Commissioner Nagbe called for investment in the tourism, fishery and maritime sectors.
He said Liberia has great potential in tourism and the country could benefit from the UAE experience to harness this untapped “gold mine”.
Earlier, the delegation held talks with the Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mohammed Al Suwaidi, the Management of Abu Dhabi Port, among others.