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cwallenLiberia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France Dr. C. William Allen has presented his Letters of Credence to the President of France, Francois Hollande.

The presentation ceremony took place Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Elysee Palace, the seat of the French Presidency.

According to a dispatch from Paris, Ambassador Allen extended gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the confidence reposed in him to be appointed as Liberia's Ambassador to France.

Ambassador Allen assured the Liberian President that he will uphold the confidence and go beyond the call of duty to represent the interest of the Republic of Liberia.

Ambassador Allen said Liberia remains grateful to the people of France for their many support during the period of recovery from the 14 years of civil conflict.

He said French financial and material contribution to the UN Peace-keeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and their support for Liberia's debt waiver, donation of non-lethal weapons to the Liberia National Police (LNP), among other supports to other Liberian institutions is laudable.

Ambassador Allen welcomed the recent decision of the French Development Agency (AGENCE FRANCAISE de DEVELOPMENT) to resume activities in Liberia with support for the country's energy sector, particularly in the areas of transmission and distribution.

Allen said Liberia would like to see more French support for programs that promote regional integration and unity amongst Mano River Union and ECOWAS countries.

Ambassador Allen called for more support to the Institute of French Studies, Alliance Francaise, which are institutions that promote and provide instruction in the French language and culture. He said Alliance Francaise has played a key role in educating Liberian students, educators and diplomats in the French language.

He also urged the French Government to consider expanding its Consular Services in Liberia to include the issuance of schegen visas.

Receiving the letters, French President Francois Hollande lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia for assisting to restore peace in Mali by contributing a peace-keeping contingent to that sisterly West African country.

President Hollande said the Liberian Peace-Keeping Contingent is helping to restore peace in Mali and their efforts worth commendation.

He added that the presence of the French Development Agency in Liberia will further promote France-Liberia relations and assist Liberia in its recovery.

Liberia and France have been enjoying cordial relations since 1852 when France recognized Liberia as an independent country.

The new Liberia Ambassador is former President of the Press Union of Liberia, former Director General of the Civil Service Agency and former Minister of Information. Ambassador Allen took up his post in Paris, France in March this year.