President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently received letters of credence from the ambassadors of the Kingdoms of Sweden, The Netherlands and Mali respectively.
She acknowledged Liberia’s bilateral relations with the Kingdom of Sweden over the years, which saw cooperation in many critical areas of national development.
The Liberian leader said that diplomatic relations between Liberia and the Kingdom of Sweden can be traced as far back as beyond the Liberia American Swedish Mining Company (LAMCO), of which Sweden was a part of from the 1960s.
She said since her ascendancy to power on January 16, 2006, the Kingdom of Sweden has been of significant help to the development processes of Liberia, particularly in the rehabilitation of “feeder as well as farm to market roads, through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
President Sirleaf acknowledged the Kingdom of Sweden for its assistance in sustaining the peace and through partnership with Liberia in the areas of gender and development.
She reiterated that the Kingdom of Sweden’s assistance will be seriously needed to support the October 10, 2017 elections, which according to her, is very critical to determining the future peace and stability of the Liberian nation.
Earlier, the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Getteorist said she was pleased to be selected by her government to serve as envoy to Liberia.
She noted that both Liberia and Sweden share the same interest to promote international peace and stability.
For her part, Ambassador Madam Irene Henriette Nassir of Mali lauded President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia for their long diplomatic ties with the Government and people of Mali.
“Liberia and Mali have come a long way in our bilateral relations,” the Malian Envoy noted. She commended President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia for their warm reception and cooperation shown to citizens of Mali residing in Liberia.
The new Ambassador of The Netherlands to Liberia commended the Government and people of Liberia for making laudable progress since end of the Liberian civil war in 2003.
“You have shown your resilience through successive peaceful elections; and with this, the Netherlands will of course continue to monitor the upcoming elections very closely, and hope that the elections will further strengthen the democratic credentials, which the country has built under your strong leadership,” he said.