Vice President Boakai Calls for Closer Ties Between Liberia and Ivory Coast

Tuesday, 24th March 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is calling for closer ties between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire which would not only ensure security but enhance economic development in the two countries.
He observed that Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire have a lot in common, noting that citizens of the two countries share cultural and ethnic similarities which need to be further concretized.
Vice President Boakai made the call on March 24 when the newly accredited Ivorian Ambassador to Liberia, Elizabeth K. Toure, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.
He lauded Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo for seeing the need to join the Mano River Union (MRU) which hitherto grouped Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The Liberian Vice President also lauded Cote d’Ivoire for hosting thousands of Liberians during the country's civil crisis.
In remarks, the Ivorian Ambassador, speaking through an interpreter, called for the Ivorian and Liberian governments to set up a joint commission to further strengthen ties between them.
Ms. Toure, who is resident in Liberia, also called for a student exchange program through which Ivorian students can come to Liberia to learn English, while Liberian students will go to Cote d’Ivoire to learn French.
She stressed the need for the two neighboring countries to develop the road network linking their two countries so that the trade and commerce ties they enjoyed before the civil conflicts that engulfed both countries can be revived.
The Ivorian envoy said she was happy to be in Liberia, adding, “I feel like I am home.”