UAE, Liberia to Re-establish Ties

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Liberia and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries as an expression of confidence that the relationship will contribute to the consolidation of international peace and security as well as peaceful co-existence.

   The permanent representatives of the two countries at the United Nations will sign the Communiqué establishing diplomatic relations in early May.

    It was also decided that a Joint Commission for Economic and Technical Cooperation be established between the two countries to strengthen and foster a mutually beneficial partnership in areas of energy, investment and trade.

  The United Arab Emirates is to shortly send a delegation to Monrovia, consisting of officials of the Abu Dhabi Fund and other important institutions, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (G-CC).
    A high-powered delegation from the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), headed by its Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, has paid a courtesy call on Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

  During discussions, the UAE Foreign Minister extended warm greetings from his President, Sheikh Khalilfa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and spoke of his country’s preparedness to establish a new relationship with Liberia.

   The Liberian leader was also extended an invitation to visit the United Arab Emirates later during the year. Accepting the invitation, the Liberian President recalled the strong relationship between Liberia and the Gulf States as well as Arab partners prior to Liberia’s civil conflict. 

    The President lamented that Liberia's close ties with countries in the Middle East were disturbed by unscrupulous individuals who, purporting to represent the country, committed acts which tarnished Liberia’s image.

 President Johnson Sirleaf welcomed a decision by the U.A.E. to re-establish diplomatic relations with Liberia. 

The President hoped that the decision will send a strong signal to the rest of the Gulf States that Liberia is experiencing renewed progress.

   The seven-member U.A.E. delegation arrived in Liberia on Wednesday for a one-day visit. They were met on arrival by Acting Foreign Minister, Ambassador William Bull.

Talks were held on a wide range of issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which Liberia's Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy, Eugene Shannon, and the Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC), Richard Tolbert, participated