British and Ghanaian Ambassadors Laud Liberia’s Recovery Efforts

Ambassador Ian Hughes of Great Britain discusses with Foreign Minister, H.E. Olubanke King-Akerele at her Foreign Ministry office.
Ambassador Ian Hughes of Great Britain discusses with Foreign Minister, H.E. Olubanke King-Akerele at her Foreign Ministry office.
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Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Republic of Ghana, their Excellencies Ian Hughes and Kenneth Asare Bosompem have praised Liberia’s recovery initiatives and the successes of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government.

Speaking separately during presentation of their Letters of Credence to Her Excellency President Johnson-Sirleaf, Ambassadors Hughes and Bosompem highlighted the diplomatic ties cementing between their countries and Liberia.

The ceremony which took place in the Office of the President at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was witnessed by Foreign Minister, H. E. Olubanke King Akerele, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Dr. Edward McClain and Assistant Minister for Afro-Asian Affairs, George Wisner.

 In separate remarks, the two ambassadors highly praised the President for the touchable efforts she is making in moving Liberia forward and pledged to strengthen bilateral ties subsisting between Liberia and their countries during their tour of duty.

Receiving the credentials Wednesday at separate ceremonies at the Foreign Ministry from British Ambassador Ian Hughes and Ghanaian envoy Kenneth Asare Bosompem, the Liberian leader spoke of the strong bond of friendship Liberia enjoys with both countries.

During a meeting with Ambassador Hughes, the President lauded the British Government for providing support to some key sectors in Liberia’s recovery program including the Civil Service Agency, the Security Sector and the Justice System.

The President spoke fondly of the support and advice she continues to receive from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

 The Liberian President also recounted the help extended by the United Kingdom in Liberia’s debt relief campaign, noting that the Government and people remain appreciative for the support provided by the Government and people of Great Britain.

During discussions with Ambassador Asare Bosompem of Ghana, President Johnson Sirleaf lauded Ghana for standing by Liberia through the difficulty years of conflict.

The President also spoke of the efforts by Ghana toward revamping the energy sector of the country. She made specific reference to the assistance by Ghana’s Volta River Authority in revamping the country’s electricity sector in 2006.

 The President praised the economic and political transformation taking place in Ghana, recalling the country’s 2008 elections. There is a positive experience, the Liberian leader noted, to be learned from such positive experiences.