President Sirleaf meets with the Indian Prime Minister's Special Envoy H.E. Siddeshwara
Pres. Sirleaf Meets Indian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy
MONROVIA, September 12 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received in audience a Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India, G. M. Siddeshwara, who is also the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises of India.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader met with the Indian envoy during a courtesy call he paid on her at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, September 11.
In his remarks, Minister Siddeshwara informed President Sirleaf that he was in the country to deliver a special message from Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Liberia-India relations and to also deliver a Special Invitation for the Liberian leader to attend the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in New Delhi, India on October 29 this year.
The India-Africa Forum Summit serves as a platform to deliberate on the latest developments in India-Africa Cooperation and chart the future course of common efforts to enhance South-South Cooperation.
The first India-Africa Forum Summit was held in New Delhi in 2008, while the 2nd Summit took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2011.
The 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit will be preceded by a meeting of Foreign
Ministers of Africa and India as well as the preparatory meeting of senior officials of Africa and India.
The Special Envoy thanked President Sirleaf for Liberia’s cooperation and collaboration with India.
He extolled the excellent relations between the two countries spanning several decades and expressed satisfaction that the Liberian President, who was a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, also received the Indira Gandhi Prize from India.
Minister Siddeshwara noted the presence of a large Indian community in Liberia, helping to expand economic relations.
In remarks, President Sirleaf thanked the Indian envoy for the visit and the Special Message from Indian Prime Minister Modi.
She also acknowledged the long-standing excellent relations between Liberia and India, citing both countries’ participation in the G-77, India’s contribution to the transport sector and the large Indian business community in Liberia.
The Liberian President indicated that India’s assistance will be crucial in the health and educational sectors as well as in industrialization to add value to the country’s vast natural resources and the development of an industrial park for the country.
President Sirleaf also thanked Prime Minister Modi for India’s support to Liberia during the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which killed many and nearly destroyed the country’s economy.
Special Envoy Siddeshwara was accompanied to the office of the President by India’s Honorary Consul Upjit Singh Sachdeva and India’s Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Mr. Dinesh Bhatia.