President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence of the New Ghanaian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Liberia, His Excellency Ernest-Burke Asare-Asieou on Thursday at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.
An Executive Mansion release said, President Sirleaf underscored the longstanding partnership between Liberia and Ghana and also reflected on the history of Liberia’s ties with the West African nation of Ghana.
The Liberian leader acknowledged the many contributions Ghana has made to Liberia ranging from intervening militarily during the Liberian civil war, support during the Ebola outbreak, training program for the security sector, and peace negotiations during the war years among others.
“As we proceed with our transition process, we note that Ghana is a good example for democratic and political transition in Africa. Ghana has also become a major leader in global and regional institutions and the country has really made progress as a truly independent nation”, President Sirleaf pointed out.
President Sirleaf also paid attention the economic partnership that exist between the two West African nations and lauded the launch of direct flight between Monrovia and Accra by Africa World Airlines from Ghana.
She concluded by thanking Ambassador Asare-Asieou for accepting to serve as Ghana’s Ambassador to Liberia and urged him to work harder to consolidate the progress.
For his part, Ambassador Ernest-Burke Asare-Asieou noted that it was a proud honor to be assigned as Ghana’s Ambassador to Liberia and that he is committed to taking his responsibilities seriously.
“It is my duty to consolidate all that were started during the long-term relations between the two nations”, Ambassador Asare-Asieou pointed. He recalled his personal roles in Liberia his role as a member of Ghana’s delegation during peace talks on Liberia and as an officer in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He indicated that it was time for Africa to look within and stop looking outside for help that is always not forthcoming. Continuing, Ambassador Asare-Asieou said “Madam President, Ghana appreciates your legacy. You have given birth to a new nation, a new Liberia where peace, progress, development and democracy are flourishing”.