President Sirleaf Leaves for Libya

Saturday, 5th May 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - The governments of Libya and Liberia are set to sign Memoranda of Understanding later today, following discussions between President Sirleaf and Libyan leader, Muamar Khadafi in Tripoli. The talks between the two African leaders are aimed at boosting bilateral relations between Liberia and Libya.

Among memoranda of Understanding to be reached are the renovation and subsequent operations by the Libyans of the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel; the establishment of a new Libyan Holding Company and the operations of a rubber processing plant at a new site which has been designated by the Liberian government. Libya also wants to build an institute for the disabled in Liberia.

Foreign Minister, Ambassador George Wallace; National Investment Commission Chairman, Richard Tolbert; Grand Gedeh Senator, William C. Sande, and the Superintendent of Lofa County, Galakpa Kortoma, are part of a Presidential delegation which left the country Saturday for Tripoli.  The President and party will return to the country later on Sunday.

Libya has been one of Liberiaís key partners since the inauguration of the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf over a year ago.

During the Presidentís absence from the country, Finance Minister Dr. Antoinette Sayeh will chair the Cabinet, in close consultation with the Vice President, Dr. Joseph Boakai.

Meanwhile, President Johnson Sirleaf will on Monday hold a Press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Domestic issues will dominate Mondayís Press conference, the first this year by the President.

Managing Editors and Media Executives are particularly encouraged to attend Mondayís Presidential Press conference which takes place in the C.Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs beginning at 2:0íclock in the afternoon.