President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf has admitted former Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah into the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneer of the Republic of Liberia with the Knight of Grand Cordon.
An Executive Mansion release says Mrs. Sirleaf honored the former Kuwaiti PM for his personal and country’s invaluable services to the upliftment of mankind and humanity of the Arab State of Kuwait to there construction efforts of Liberia.
The ceremony was held in Monrovia on Friday, 21 April at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street.The event saw a huge turnout of senior government officials including House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor,Sr., the Doyen and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, religious leaders and citizens.
During the Investiture Ceremony and Luncheon Mrs. Sirleaf recalledthat Liberia has received tremendous support from the State of Kuwaitranging from commitment to the provision of financial support as wellas the pavement of the Gbarnga-Mendikoma Road, among others.
Prior to the conferral of the order of distinction on former PM AlSabah, Mrs. Sirleaf said the visit to Liberia will continue to deepenthe already existing friendship between both countries and will expandthe mutual benefits between both countries.
President Sirleaf says Mr. Al – Sabah’s visit here is a “great honorfor the people of Liberia, recalling that former PM has always workedto strengthen and improve bilateral relationship subsisting betweenLiberia and the Arab State of Kuwait.
She applauded his tireless efforts in enhancing development inLiberia, especially his support towards the development of theGreenville Port in Sinoe County. Following the investiture ceremony,Mrs. Sirleaf had a brief interaction with the Press at the Roberts
International Airport where she had gone to bid farewell to the visiting guest. She says Mr. Al – Sabah’s visit to Liberia is“Pleasing and a Strong Partnership” to Liberia.For his part, former PM Al – Sabah recounted the long bilateral relations between Liberia and the Arab State of Kuwait, saying it has been rewarding to the two nations.
The former Kuwaiti’s official recounted some of the achievements of President Sirleaf, prior to becoming the first female President of Liberia and Africa respectively.He expressed appreciation for the honor bestowed on him by the Government and people of Liberia.
“Madam President, I extend my thanks to the Republic of Liberia,especially President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the honor”, he says.Mr. Al – Sabah says further that the honor is also borne out offriendship between Kuwait and Liberia, reflecting the true sense of friendship.
National Port Authority Managing Director Mr. David Williams thankedthe guest and the State of Kuwait for the support to the NPAespecially the donation of four marine crafts that include two tugboats, one pilot boat and one patrol boat to the Port of Greenville.
Following the honoring ceremony that came at the end of a three – daystate visit, Mr. Al – Sabah departed the country for the State ofKuwait. – Press release