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...To Fight Ebola
Liberia and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania have signed a US$37 million grant to assist in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.
The agreement was signed on Monday at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium during the visit of the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while the Minister of Economic Affairs and Development of Mauritania Sidi Ould Tah signed on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Earlier during a news conference, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said his government will work with Liberia to consolidate the relations between both countries.
“We will work and consolidate the relations between our two countries,” he assured, urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to join him to further strengthen the bilateral relations as it was in the past.
The Mauritanian President, who is also current Chairman of the African Union (AU), was in Liberia on a solidarity two-day visit. He arrived from the Republic of Guinea on a similar visit.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Abdul Aziz reiterated that this Ebola challenge being experienced by countries in the sub-region and by extension the region should consolidate our solidarity and our mutual support to each other; noting that though it has been a serious challenge, this will help countries in the region come out more determined to unite through our bilateral relations which had been very strong in the past.
He expressed his country's support to Liberia during this very difficult period of the country's history, and expressed the AU's commitment and support to President Sirleaf's heroic fight she's leading and the unyielding determination of the Government and people of Liberia in its fight against the Ebola virus disease.
“You can count on the support of the AU and we are sure and certain that you will defeat this epidemic,” the Mauritanian President told the Liberian leader.
President Aziz noted the serious losses that Liberia is experiencing in both human and economic terms due to Ebola and used the opportunity to express his heartfelt condolence to the Government and people of Liberia for the loss.
He also expressed his admiration for the remarkable and dignified attitude of Liberians in battling the disease most especially the healthcare personnel of both Liberia and the AU who have come to assist their African brothers and sisters.
The current chairman of the AU Heads of State and Government expressed gratitude to the international community for the support provided Liberia and other worst affected countries in fighting the Ebola virus disease.
He expressed profound gratitude to the government and people of Liberia for the warm hospitality accorded him and his delegation during the visit to Liberia.
Earlier, welcoming President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to Liberia, President Sirleaf recalled the relationship between both countries which predates Mauritanian's independence.
She indicated that Liberia and Mauritania Heads of State have exchanged numerous visits as well as signed communiqués, cooperation agreements and protocols. “This visit gives us the opportunity to once again strengthen and deepen that relationship,” she stressed.
“The visit to Monrovia marked the first by the Mauritanian leader during her administration intended as a show of solidarity with the Government and people of Liberia in the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” she said.
President Sirleaf particularly thanked the Mauritanian President for the leadership he has exhibited as current Chairman of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and the personal effort made to mobilize resources to support the three countries worse affected by the Ebola virus disease.
“As a result, we now have 30 African health workers working with Liberia against the Ebola disease as well as received financial assistance that has been mobilized by the AU,” she recalled.
On behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, President Sirleaf thanked the Mauritanian President for the bilateral support his government provided Liberia through a Memorandum of Understanding in the fight against Ebola.