President Sirleaf holds talks with the new SRSG of UNMIL, Farid Zarif.
President Sirleaf Meets New UNMIL SRSG
MONROVIA, September 9 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received in audience the new Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) to Liberia, Mr. Farid Zarif.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader met him when he paid a courtesy call on her at her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, September 7.
Welcoming the new head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), President Sirleaf praised him for accepting the challenge of his new assignment, stressing that his assignment comes at a critical period in the country’s partnership with the United Nations owing to the ongoing drawdown of UN troops from Liberia.
She told the new SRSG that Liberia is preparing to take charge of its own security which requires the strengthening of the Police, Immigration and other security sector groupings and that challenges remain in addressing the gaps that exist.
“Together with you and your team, we will work in clearing the challenges and gaps that exist within the process thus far. We will look at the dates, milestones, etcetera and work to address the existing issues before the May 2016 timeline associated with the drawdown,” President Sirleaf told the new SRSG.
The Liberian leader further briefed the new head of UNMIL about the Ebola crisis and the Post-Ebola Economic Recovery Plan of the country that seeks to lead Liberia to recovery following the devastating Ebola crisis that killed over 4,000 persons in the country.
She expressed optimism about the country’s capacity to respond to any future outbreak of the Ebola virus, making reference to two different outbreaks that were fully and quickly contained by the country’s Incident Management System headed by the Deputy Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah.
“My office will be open to you as it was with your predecessors for the purpose of regular consultations and briefing on key issues,” the Liberian leader said, adding, “I receive you with open arms and I’m hopeful that the United Nations will see the need to remove the non-family duty station status from Liberia as other foreign embassies and missions have done to keep their families safely in Liberia,” President Sirleaf urged.