Egyptian Ambassador Semah Lotfi Abd El Hady
Egypt Joins Ebola Fight in Liberia
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, September 29 (LINA) - The Arab Republic of Egypt has presented an assortment of Ebola-fighting medicine and personal protective equipment to the Liberian Government.
At a formal ceremony held at the Egyptian Embassy in Sinkor on Friday, Egyptian Ambassador Semah Lotfi Abd El Hady said his country was pleased to join donors helping Liberia fight the Ebola virus.
The state-owned Liberia News Agency (LINA) quotes Ambassador Hady as saying the consignment, valued at US$57,000, was Egypt’s initial contribution. He said another consignment is scheduled to be airlifted to Liberia shortly.
The Egyptian Envoy said the assistance symbolizes Egypt’s solidarity with Liberia in these difficult times, referring to Egypt as “a sister of Liberia.”
Ambassador Hady said the people of Egypt “share the same feelings” of their Liberian brothers and sisters, and pray that “Liberia will cross this difficult stage with more strength and tolerance.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the Liberian Government, acting Foreign Minister Sylvester M. Grisgby said the gesture of the Egyptian people “will go a long way in Liberia’s fight against the Ebola virus.”
He spoke highly of the friendship subsisting between Liberia and Egypt, and hoped that it will continue to be nurtured for the benefit of both countries.
He asked Ambassador Hady to convey thanks and appreciation to the Egyptian Government and people on behalf of the Liberian Government and people for the assistance.
The presentation ceremony was also attended by Health Minister Johnny Gwenigale and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Dr. Edward McClain.