President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received Letters of Credence from the new Ambassador of Egypt to Liberia, Mr. Alaa Khaira Issa
New Egyptian Envoy Presents Letters To Pres. Sirleaf
MONROVIA, October 20 (LINA)- President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence from the new Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Liberia, Mr. Alaa Khaira Issa.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Mr. Issa presented his Letters of Credence to the Liberian leader at a formal ceremony at the President’s temporary office at the Foreign Ministry on Monday, October 19.
Receiving the Letters, President Sirleaf said she was pleased to officially welcome Ambassador Issa to the country as he embarks on his new assignment.
“It is my ardent hope that your coming will help us fulfill your government’s commitment to the dynamic partnership with Liberia, and further energize and cement the already flourishing relationship of cordiality and friendship which subsist between our two countries,” she said.
She recalled that Liberia and Egypt have enjoyed a cherished relationship spanning nearly 60 years, and highlighted Egypt’s assistance to Liberia prior to the country’s civil war when in 1965 Liberia and Egypt signed the first Technical Agreement.
Liberians benefitted from various training programs under the agreement provided by the Egyptian Government in the areas of manpower development, especially
agriculture, health and education.
“Due to our many years of conflict, the Agreement was interrupted,” President Sirleaf noted, and expressed delight that this relationship has been reactivated and strengthened.
President Sirleaf noted Egypt’s continued assistance in the education and health sectors, especially providing scholarships for students to study in Egypt as well as with doctors serving at the Jackson F. Doe Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.
“We really would like to see this relationship deepened and strengthened,” she said, noting their collaboration in different organizations, including the United Nations, African Union, Africa Islamic Movements, among others.
She again urged the new Egyptian Ambassador to forge collaboration in the private sector because this sector is the engine of growth.
“We’ll like to see business people of both countries work together and encourage investment and other ways where both governments and peoples can collaborate,” she appealed.
President Sirleaf assured that the Government will work with the new Ambassador to build upon the successes both countries have jointly attained in Liberia-Egypt relations; as well as to strengthen mutual trust between the two governments and peoples.