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Nigerian Foreign Minister Hails “Great Ties” With Liberia
MONROVIA, August 30 (LINA) - Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has said his country continues to “enjoy great diplomatic relations” with Liberia.
He was speaking through his representative, Mr. Haliru S. Shuaibu, at the joint occasion marking Liberia’s 169th Independence and National Flag Days held in Abuja on August 24.
“The celebration of national day is like giving accountability of the journey by the government to the people. The most important thing is that Liberia has stabilized now and there is peace,” Onyeama said.
He added: “There could not have been development and economic growth without peace and like I said, Liberia has stabilized. We also enjoy and continue to enjoy great diplomatic relations with Liberia.”
Earlier, the Liberian ambassador to Nigeria, Prof. Al-Hassan Conteh noted that Liberian/Nigerian relations remain excellent, especially following President Sirleaf’s visit during the historic inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015.
He also cited President Sirleaf’s State Visit to Nigeria in February 2016, during which the bilateral relations between the two fraternal states were further discussed within the context of the Nigeria-Liberia Joint Commission, which was inaugurated on July 14-15 2015.
The Joint Commission focuses on bilateral trade and cultural cooperation, collaboration in geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy, educational cooperation, and the training of Liberia Foreign Service Officers.”
He emphasized that the Government of Liberia has opened the market of the country to Nigerian businesses, including banking, insurance, spare parts and aviation, while many Nigerians continue to reside peacefully in Liberia and vice versa.
Also speaking was the representative of Marcel Alain de Souza, President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Kalilou Traore.
Mr. Traore, who is the Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, revealed that ECOWAS recognizes Liberia as one of the most supportive countries for the integration process in the sub region.
“As you very well know that the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government is now chaired by Liberia, this is an opportunity as ECOWAS citizens for us to better know Liberia and to better discover Liberia,” Commissioner Traore stated.