The African Union is pushing for stronger solidarity and mutual support among member states, urging that the “very serious and tough challenge” Ebola has put the continent through will allow countries to come out stronger and more determined to show more solidarity for one another.
During a visit to Liberia on Monday, 5 January 2015, the AU’s Chairperson and President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, told President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that Ebola has made Liberia to suffer many losses.
But President Aziz expressed confidence that Liberia will “vanquish” the epidemic, while describing as heroic; the Ebola fight lead by the Liberian leader.
After witnessing the signing of a 37 Million Liberian Dollars grant agreement to assist Liberia in the Ebola fight Mauritania, he reiterated calls on the AU to invest more in the efforts to mobilize the international community to contribute to the recovery of economies of the African countries.
Mr. Aziz urged that this very impressive challenge that Africa has been put through as a continent and region “should push us further to consolidate our solidarity and our mutual support.”
Speaking through an interpreter at a Press Stake-Out with President Sirleaf in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, the AU Chief assured President Sirleaf of the Union’s support and expressed high condolences to her and the people of Liberia.
He saluted the remarkable effort of the AU, and appreciated the support of the international community in combating Ebola.
While acknowledging that it’s been a very serious and tough challenge “we’ve been through,” Mr. Aziz noted that “it will just allow us to come out with the challenge stronger and more determined to come together to have more solidarity between us.”
Concerning bilateral relations between Liberia and Mauritania, he said both nations will endeavor to bring the relations to what it [used] to be in the 60s.”
He told President Sirleaf that Mauritania and Liberia should take the bilateral relations between them in hand to strengthen them further to work and bring the countries’ populations together to what it used to be in the past and even better.
He and his delegation to Liberia were earlier welcomed by President Sirleaf at the beginning of the Press Stake-Out, at which time the Liberian leader recalled that the relationship between both countries dated as far back to the 1960s.
She said there has been exchange of visits by Heads of State, and that several communique and protocols have been signed between both countries.
President Sirleaf thanked her Mauritania counterpart President Aziz particularly, for the leadership that he has exhibited as chair of the AU and the personal effort he has made to mobilize resources to support all the countries affected by Ebola.
She concluded that Liberia now has 30 African health workers working here on Ebola in addition to financial assistance mobilized by the Union.
She also thanked Mr. Aziz for the support he gave by the signing of the Memorandum in which she said the Islamic Republic of Mauritania was making a bilateral support to Liberia in its Ebola effort.
By Winston W. Parley