Former Swiss President Meets President Sirleaf

Thursday, 1st March 2007
UN Secretary-generalís Special Advisor for Sports and Development, Mr. Adolf Ogi making remarks at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
UN Secretary-generalís Special Advisor for Sports and Development, Mr. Adolf Ogi making remarks at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - The former President of Switzerland, Mr. Adolf Ogi, has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Mr. Ogi who is the UN Secretary-generalís Special Advisor for Sports and Development, said he was in the country to launch a UN sports program throughout the country.

Mr. Ogi said sports can be used as a unifying force to bring reconciliation and peace especially to countries emerging from conflict.

Mr. Ogi extended special greetings to President Johnson Sirleaf from the Secretary-general of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, as well as the Outgoing Secretary-general Mr. Kofi Annan. The former Swiss President said he was impressed with the level of progress being made in Liberia, adding, ďI am here to support you.Ē

President Johnson Sirleaf thanked Mr. Ogi for the visit which she described as reassuring. These visits, the President said, add to the confidence that Liberia is beginning to put itself on the right path. The fact that Liberia has been chosen to launch the UN pilot sports project, the President noted, is an indication that the country is moving ahead. If there is any single activity that unites our people, the President observed, it is sports. 

The Chief Executive lauded the Swiss government for its support toward governmentís development initiatives, and acknowledged the Swiss Development Cooperation, which is contributing to the rehabilitation of hospitals, schools and roads in the country.

The President will on Friday join the UN Special enjoy, Mr. Ogi, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to launch the UN nationwide sports initiative. 

Meanwhile, President Johnson Sirleaf has praised the outgoing Sector-Three Battalion of the Bangladeshi Battalion in Gbarnga, Bong County for its contribution towards the restoration and maintenance of peace in Liberia. The President said the Bangladeshis have gone beyond the call of duty by contributing toward the development initiatives of Liberia. The Liberian leader was speaking Thursday in Monrovia, when the Outgoing Commander of the Bangladeshi Battalion in Gbarnga, Brigadier-general Muh Zia-Ur Rahman met with President Johnson Sirleaf to take leave of the Commander in Chief. The Battalion is leaving Liberia at the end of a one year tour of duty in Liberia. The Bangladeshi Commander assured the President that contingents may come and go, but the standard would always remain the same. 

Brigadier-general Rahman then presented a portrait of a monument to President Johnson Sirleaf, in memory of eight of their members who died while serving in Liberia. President Johnson Sirleaf expressed sympathy to the Battalion for the deaths and promised to visit the Shanti Angon Peace Monument during her visit to Bong county in the near future. 


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