Belgium Foreign Minister meets President Sirleaf

Monday, 9th April 2007
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Belgian Foreign Minister Mr. Karel De Gucht at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Belgian Foreign Minister Mr. Karel De Gucht at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been holding talks with the Foreign Minister of Belgium, Mr. Karel De Gucht. At a meeting on Monday at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, the President said her government wants to forge strong bilateral agreements with Belgium as Liberia continues its path to national renewal.

An Executive Mansion release quotes the President as saying, the Belgian Foreign Minister’s visit is a further demonstraton that Liberia has been accepted by the international community. “Our people are more encouraged whenever a visit like this takes place,’ adding, ‘it sends a strong signal that Liberia is back on the road to recovery.”

The President said she would welcome an Open Skies Agreement with Belgium which would lead to direct flights between Liberia and Europe. The President emphasized that Liberia wants to see value added to its raw materials, especially in the rubber sector.

For his part, Foreign Minster De Gucht assured the President of his government’s support toward Liberia’s development objectives. He praised the Liberian leader for the outstanding leadership she has exhibited thus far.

President Johnson Sirleaf was in Belgium last month as part of a three-nation European visit. During talks with Belgian officials including Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium pledged to join countries supporting Liberia on debt cancellation and bilateral cooperation.