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Ellen congratulates Netherlands on King’s Day

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to Members of the Royal Family and People of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the auspicious occasion commemorating the King’s Day.

In her message to His Majesty, Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, President Johnson Sirleaf extended heartfelt greetings to Members of the Royal Family, and People of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Liberia and in her own name.

“To this endeavor, we recall with fond memories Her Majesty, Queen Maxima’s visit to Liberia in 2010, then Princess”, President Sirleaf recalled.

“This occasion presents yet another opportunity to reiterate my commitment and that of the Government and People of Liberia to collaborate with your Majesty and Government in Upholding the partnership of mutual respect and shared values including tolerance, freedom, democracy and justice”, the Liberia leader said.

Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia and the European Union will hold the 3rd Political Dialogue under the theme “Governance, Security and Justice” today, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at11:00 AM in the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the 3rd Political Dialogue will focus on getting Ebola to zero, and boosting the recovery process; governance, security and justice -United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown; and Special Senatorial elections as well as the Universal Periodic Review.

Other matters to be discussed include standing issues from previous dialogues – Schengen Visa, and modalities for the holding of the EU – Liberia Political Dialogue.

The 3rd  EU – Liberia Political Dialogue will be led on the Liberian side by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan with the participation of several ministries and agencies of the Liberian Government, including Ministries of Finance and Development Planning,  Justice,  National Elections Commission and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights.

Her Excellency Tiina Intelmann, EU Ambassador to Liberia will head the EU delegation which includes Ambassadors of European Union member states accredited to Liberia.

The Dialogue is in line with Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement which states that the EU and member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries which include Liberia shall regularly engage in a comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue leading to commitments on both sides.  The Dialogue aims to enhance development cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Liberia.


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