Scene of Members of the Diplomatic Corps at the occasion marking Liberia’s 186 Independence Celebration The Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Guinea accredited to Liberia, El HadjAbdoulaye Dore, along with the Diplomatic Corps has bided farewell to three outgoing Ambassadors for their services here.
“We are again here, this afternoon to pay farewell to three of our best colleagues which is going to create a deep void in our Diplomatic Corps. In their own way, each of them made valuable contributions in strengthening our Corps”, Ambassador Dore lamented.
According to the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, the Guinean envoy made the comments Monday, June 29, 2015, when he, on behalf of the Diplomatic Corps thanked Mrs. Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Liberia and Coordinator of the United Nations Operations, Mr. Masilo Esau Mabeta, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa, and Mr. KapieletienSoro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, for their respective efforts in helping to fight the deadly Ebola disease. “The Liberian people’s victory over the disease is also your victory”, the Ambassador said.
Doyen Dore encouraged the people of Liberia to be vigilant because two of the four Mano River Union (MRU) countries (Guinean and Sierra Leone) are yet to eradicate Ebola and wish the two countries courage and perseverance while imitating Liberia’s example. “We are hoping also that very soon we can declare the sub region Ebola free-zone”, the Ambassador asserted.
He further said that the Diplomatic Corps greatly appreciate the efforts of Amb. Mabeta for making accessible South African Visas in Monrovia to those who so desired.
In separate responses from the honorees, Amb. Masilo Esau Mabeta thanked the Government of the Republic of Liberia and his colleagues for making his stay here blessed and his work very rewarding. “I stand here today to simply say to you through the Dean of Cabinet, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia and directly to Her Excellency Madam President, thank you very much mama for blessing our work here and making it a worthy one. Thank you to the International Community for making our work here such an enjoyable one”, the Ambassador commented. He further thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the United States Ambassador, and the SRSG for their efforts in helping to save the lives of his children from a tragic motor accident.
Amb.Soro in his response said that when he came to Liberia he had many challenges ahead of him because of the than situation his country was faced with such as having Ivorian citizens in Liberia as refugees and being clothed with the responsibility of putting things in order.
He praised the Government and People of Liberia and the Diplomatic Corps who were with him in every way giving him pieces of advice and helping in dealing with the situation. Amb.KapieletienSoro said that he will always remember Liberia because it was his first ambassadorial assignment and he took it with care.
He further requested Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan to have three meetings annually with various diplomatic missions so that their work in Liberia can be enhanced.
For his part, outgoing SRSG Mrs. Karin Landgren said she was honored and saddened to be leaving such a great family. She thanked everyone for their tremendous support, friendship, and solidarity and advice for which she was able to draw from everyone from time to time.
She personally thanked Minister Ngafuan for all the support she got during her time of duty in Liberia, calling it an extraordinary asset.
Foreign Minister Ngafuan stated that the entire Government of Liberia was grateful for the outstanding services of all of the departing Ambassadors mentioning that time flies and the Honorees have done well for Liberia, representing their respective countries and institutions.
He noted that the government engaged the Diplomats and each and every one of them have all had special and deep passion for the peace and stability of Liberia, wishing them God’s speed in all that they will endeavor here after. Press Release