United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon along with Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine Ngafuan
Ban Makes Brief Stop In Liberia, Lauds Progress
MONROVIA, March 6 (LINA) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon has made a brief stopover in Liberia en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to attend the official closing ceremonies of the UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNAMSIL) in that country.
During his one-hour stop-over at the Roberts International Airport Tuesday, the UN Boss was officially welcomed by Liberian Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, accompanied by outgoing Chief of Protocol Ambassador, Elijah Seah, and incoming Chief of Protocol Rufus D. Neufville.
The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Rule of Law in Liberia, Mr. Tamrat Samuel, was also on hand to receive his boss.
Foreign Minister Ngafuan, on behalf of the Liberian Government, expressed gratitude to the UN through Mr. Ban for the positive role it continues to play in Liberia’s transition from war to peace and economic recovery.
He commended the Secretary General for UNMIL’s presence and noted that Liberians everywhere are appreciative of the enormous contribution UNMIL has made to the peace and stability of the country.
For his part, the UN boss lauded the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government for the level of progress Liberia has made in its recovery program.
The visiting UN official also spoke with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by phone, from the Roberts International Airport, during which time the two leaders discussed global, continental and specific Liberian issues.
Mr. Ban expressed optimism that UN-Liberia relations will continue to improve, while assuring Liberia of the UN’s continuous support.