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Cote d’Ivoire To Reopen Land Border With Liberia
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Cote d’Ivoire To Reopen Land Border With Liberia
By Prince S. Nagbe

MONROVIA, August 10 (LINA) – Cote d’Ivoire has decided to reopen its land border with Liberia closed since April 2014 due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.

Commenting on the decision, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai said the Government of Liberia has noted it with satisfaction.

Vice President Boakai believes that the decision by the Ivorian Government to reopen the border between the two sisterly states will enhance cross-border trade, which has for ages served as a source of livelihood for many families in both countries.

Speaking at programs marking the 56th Independence Anniversary of Cote d’Ivoire in Monrovia on Tuesday, Vice President Boakai noted that the reopening of the border will also ensure the full implementation of the Cote d'Ivoire Reservoir-Liberia Quadripartite Agreement.

Meanwhile, the Vice President has noted that the turnover of security responsibility to the Liberian Government by the UN Mission confirms the level of progress the country has made after 14 years of civil war. 

He observed that "the people of Liberia can boast of a nation of genuine tranquility; one that exercises democracy in an atmosphere of freedom, and a place where all within our borders feel a true sense of belonging."

“Liberians can now proudly boast of a nation where the empowerment of women is on the rise and their voices are heard and respected; a country that has again begun to live the true meaning of its name,” he emphasized.

Vice President Boakai pointed out that as Liberia joins the people of Cote d’Ivoire in celebrating their independence, the strong ties of friendship and cooperation existing between both countries will be further strengthened as they continue to explore new vistas of partnership.

He prayed that the people of Cote d’Ivoire will continue to enjoy the blessings of peace, prosperity, political cohesion and sustained economic growth and development in the years ahead.



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