Liberia Honors Egyptian Envoy
Egypt’s out-going Ambassador Maher El-Adaway has been gowned as ‘Elder Boakai Zolu’ by Liberia’s Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders led by Chief Zanzan Karwar at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, during a farewell program held in his honor.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Sylvester M. Grigsby presented a well decorated Seal of Liberia in a glass frame Friday night, on behalf of the ministry, while Information Minister Lewis Brown and Cultural Ambassador Julie Endee, among others separately presented gowns to Ambassador Adaway.
The Liberian Government held a grand farewell ceremony over the weekend in honor of the outgoing Egyptian Ambassador considered by many here as ‘a good gentleman.’
Hailing Ambassador Adaway, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan recalled that during Adaway’s tenure near Monrovia, Liberia benefitted a lot from the Egyptian Government, citing the provision of training opportunities for over 25 Foreign Ministry Personnel; the assignment of Egyptian doctors to the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County under a tripartite arrangement involving the People’s Republic of China, while Egypt Air is expected to begin flight to Monrovia early 2013, among others.
Minister Ngafuan assured Ambassador Adaway that Liberians will remain eternally grateful for his passion, dedication, selflessness and the genuine friendship he showed while on his tour of duty in the country.
In response, Ambassador Adawy promised to remain helpful to Liberia even in his new post back home. He recalled that both Liberia and Egypt signed more than 13 agreements that replaced the contractual void that existed after the horrible civil war in Liberia.
Ambassador Adaway reflected that Egypt is one of three countries, including the United States and Nigeria that maintained diplomatic presence in Liberia during the civil war.