Canadian and Israeli Ambassadors Present Letters of Credence

Monday, 20th August 2007
Israeli Ambassador presents letters of credence to President Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry.
Israeli Ambassador presents letters of credence to President Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The Ambassadors of Israel and Canada have presented their letters of credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia. In remarks, the President praised the Governments of both countries for their continuous support towards Liberiaís development and expressed her governmentís commitment to further strengthening relations with Israel and Canada.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President spoke on Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when she received the Letters of Credence of Her Excellency Marie Isabelle Massip, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Canada to Liberia and His Excellency Daniel Kadem, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Liberia respectively.

During her meeting with Ambassador Massip, President Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged that despite Liberiaís civil conflict, Canada continue to support the United Nations peacekeeping forces and non-governmental organizations. The President expressed the hope that Ambassador Massipís tenure will see a further strengthening of Canadian-Liberian relations. During talks with Ambassador Kadem, the President said, Israel has provided training opportunities to Liberians over the years and further expressed the hope that bilateral relations will strengthen to the mutual acceptance of both countries.

For her part, Ambassador Massip spoke of Canadaís admiration for the Presidentís desire to make Liberia a beacon of democracy. Ambassador Massip said Canadian companies are very aware of the opportunities which exist in Liberia and pledged to ensure that every effort is made to expand local assistance.

For his part, Ambassador Kadem extended an invitation on behalf of his government to President Johnson Sirleaf to serve as keynote speaker at a conference on Diamond Exchange to be held in Israel in November 2007, stressing the significance of the conference for women leaders.