Ambassadors of Italy and Austria Present Letters of Credence

Monday, 27th August 2007
President Sirleaf welcomes the Italian Ambassador to Liberia.
President Sirleaf welcomes the Italian Ambassador to Liberia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - As more international confidence builds in the governance of the country, more countries continue to accredit ambassadors to Liberia.  The latest to do so are the governments of Italy and Austria. Ambassadors Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Italy, Luciano Barillaro and Ambassador Garhard Doujak of Austria, Monday presented their letters of credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President praised the cordial ties which have subsisted between Liberia and the two European countries over the years. The Liberian President welcomed the support Liberia has received from Italy and Austria in the United Nations and expressed the hope the accreditation of ambassadors near Monrovia, would further strengthen the bilateral relations between Liberia and the two countries.

The President informed the Ambassadors of Liberiaís potential in the agriculture and mining sectors, and expressed the hope that Italian and Austrian investors would take advantage of the abundant investment opportunities Liberia offers. The Private Sector, the president noted, provides the main engine of growth, and urged the ambassadors to help promote the investment opportunities in Liberia.

Ambassadors Barillaro and Doujak lauded President Johnson Sirleaf and her government for the progress taking place in Liberia. They promised to work towards strengthening the bilateral ties existing between their countries and Liberia.

The Italian and Austrian diplomats were accompanied by Outgoing Foreign Minister, Ambassador George Wallace.