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Liberia, Egypt Sign Two MOUs
MONROVIA, November 8 (LINA) - Liberia and Egypt have signed two bilateral Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on media and information sharing and the establishment of a political consultation mechanism.
According to a Foreign Ministry statement issued here Tuesday, the signing ceremony was held at the Ministry when the visiting Egyptian envoy paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara.
Minister Kamara signed the MOUs on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while the visiting Egyptian Assistant Minister for African Affairs, Mr. Mohamed F. Edrees, signed on behalf of his government.
On the Political Consultation Mechanism MOU, the parties reaffirmed their commitment considering the benefits of the establishment of political consultations and of the exchange of opinions at different levels concerning regional and global issues of common interest.
The two parties promised to work collaboratively to intensify the friendly bilateral relations and promote mutual cooperation between both countries in conformity with the aims and principles of the Charters of the African Union and the United Nations.
Under the MOU, the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism of Liberia and the Ministry of Media of Egypt agreed to consolidate ties of media cooperation aimed at enhancing the brotherly relations between the two peoples.
They, among other things, agreed to encourage the exchange of visits for senior media officials and experts in the fields of radio and television in order to get acquainted with working techniques in both countries.
Mr. Edrees, who is in the country as a special envoy of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, stated that Egypt, being one of three African representatives on the United Nations Security Council, see their being on the Council as a privilege to speak for all African nations, including Liberia.
He spoke of his country’s willingness to further deepen and strengthen the bilateral relations subsisting between both countries.
Mr. Edrees paid a special tribute to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the role she played in leading the African agenda during the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successor of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In remarks, Foreign Minister Kamara congratulated Egypt for making vital contributions to regional and international issues, adding, “I want to congratulate Egypt. It has always played a vibrant role in international and regional matters.”
She pleaded with the Egyptian envoy to communicate with their Permanent Mission at the United Nations to push Liberia’s case when the Security Council gets down to discussing issues regarding UNMIL transition.
She informed her guest that Liberia is headed for presidential and legislative elections in October 2017, and as such there was the need for UNMIL to still have its presence on the ground.
“So we want to ask our African brothers and sisters on the UN Security Council to continuously speak for us,” Min. Kamara urged.