The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commends the Chargé d’ Affairs of the Republic of Cuba for work and impact made on Liberia and the Liberian people at large.
Speaking at the farewell ceremony of the Chargé d’ Affairs Mr. Yordenis Despaigne Vera over the weekend at a local hotel in Monrovia, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Elias Shoniyin notes that Liberia and Cuba have a strong relationship and thanks the Cuban envoy his services here.
“Farewell occasion is not always the best, it’s not easy to say good bye. You were here when Liberia needed you the most; you helped us combat the deadly Ebola Virus.” He notes.
He recalls the Chargé d´Affairs took over during the Ebola crisis when people were leaving, yet he and his country stood by Liberia, provided Doctors, and their embassy was never closed, adding that Cuba supported Liberia in the post-Ebola recovery.
Deputy Minister Shoniyin further recalls that since April 1974, the bilateral relationship between Liberia and Cuba has been strong. “As you depart, Liberia will continue to cooperate with your embassy. On behalf of the President, we say farewell.”
Chargé d´Affairs Yordenis Despaigne Vera says he came to Liberia at a most difficult time when people were unable to shake hands, adding that it was a difficult task for him at first, but later he got used to the situation.
He says it was a privilege to have been a witness to Liberia’s election last year and the peaceful transition of one government to another, thanking the former and current officials at the \ministry of Foreign Affairs, noting that it was the first door that was always open to them.
He also expresses gratitude to the Liberian press for always standing by the embassy, which enabled staff to express the Cuban reality and bring his country close to the Liberian public.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Editing by Jonathan Browne