Foreign Minister Praises Out-going French Ambassador

Foreign Minister Olubanke King-Akerele
Foreign Minister Olubanke King-Akerele
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency, Olubanke King-Akerele has extolled the outgoing French Ambassador accredited to Liberia, H.E. Jacques Gerard, for his invaluable contributions to Liberia’s recovery during his tenure here.

Minister King-Akerele spoke Friday at a colorful gowning ceremony held in honor of the departing French envoy when she recounted the historic ties subsisting between Liberia and France over the years.

She described the outgoing Ambassador as a true friend who worked tirelessly to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Performing the gowning ceremony, the Chairman of the Council of Chiefs, Elders and Zoes, Zanzai Kawah, expressed gratitude to Ambassador Gerard and his Government for the numerous assistance rendered to Liberia.

Chief Kawah, who noted that France was among the first few countries that immediately recognized the Independence of Liberia in 1847, praised the Ambassador for his outstanding role in helping to further cement the friendship between the people of France and the people of Liberia, and conferred on him the traditional title of Paramount Chief Momo Tamba Tailor, after the son of the late Paramount Chief Tamba Tailor of Lofa County.

Responding, Ambassador Gerard expressed delight for the honor and commended the Liberian Government and people for recognizing his services to the country.

He promised his Government continued support to Liberia’s recovery programs, saying he would use the honor to promote the rich traditional heritage of the country.

The ceremony was attended by several senior officials of the Liberian Government including the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Johnny McClain, and Deputy Foreign Minister for Administration, Andrew S. Alakamenin, among others.