United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia Amb. Yacoub El Hillo has bade farewell to Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor.
According to a press release, Amb. El Hillo noted during the visit that Liberia has made tremendous progress over the last decade in peace building initiatives, making specific mention of the much publicized June 7 protest.
He observes that the country has also registered progress, as it has now moved from a recipient country of peacekeepers to a recognized donor country of peacekeepers.
Amb. El Hillo points to the peacekeeping mission of Liberian troops in Mali where personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are serving.
He indicates that Liberia is on the right trajectory, saying the country has assumed a far better position among the comity of nations.
Amb. El Hillo is being reassigned as Deputy UN Representative in Libya where he will also serve as National Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator.
For her part, Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has expressed the gratitude of the Liberian people to the out-going United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia, Amb. El Hillo, for being real partner to Liberia.
VP Howard-Taylor acknowledges that Amb. El Hillo, leaves behind a legacy of true and dedicated service in support of Liberia and in service to the Liberian people.
She recounts the many programs and interventions made by the Out-going UN Resident Coordinator in Liberia, including the UN’s support to the Government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Propensity and Development.
Amb. El Hillo succeeds Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland, to whom the Secretary-General expressed gratitude for her outstanding contribution and dedicated service in supporting the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and coordinating the activities of the United Nations system in Libya.
Recently the Ambassador was instrumental in mediating alongside ECOWAS, AU and other international bodies to bring the Council of Patriots and the Liberian Government together in coming to terms to ensure the peacefulness of the June 7 protest.–Press release