Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia, Marie Jilo Barnett, has presented her letters of credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
In receiving the ambassador’s letter during a ceremony at the Liberia Foreign Ministry, the president spoke of the long standing relations between both countries, dating back to 1961 when Sierra Leone won its independence from Britain.
The president stated that the strong historical ties between Liberia and Sierra Leone resulted in the creation in 1973 of the Mano River Union (MRU), which had enhanced regional cooperation between both countries and among the peoples of the sub-region.
President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke of the setbacks Liberia and Sierra Leone relations suffered as a result of the regional conflict, but said she was pleased that despite the difficulties brought about by the conflict, Liberia-Sierra Leone relations had been renewed and remained very strong.
The Liberian president assured the new Sierra Leonean ambassador of the country’s continued support for peaceful coexistence and cooperation between the two countries.
The President said the meeting this week in Liberia of the Mano River Union leaders was a further demonstration of the determination of the leaders of the sub-region to formulate concrete programs of mutual benefits.
She then extended to President Ernest Bai Koroma warm sentiments of friendship, expressing the hope of stronger partnership between the two countries, as the first female ambassador of Sierra Leone assumed her new role.
In her remarks, the new Sierra Leonean ambassador said she was pleased to be named ambassador of her country. Rev. Mrs. Marie Jilo Barnett congratulated President Sirleaf on her election as the first elected female President of Liberia and Africa. She said she looked forward to building and strengthening the peace between both countries.
By Betty Milton