Vice President Boakai Hosts Dinner for Visiting Namibian President

Wednesday, 29th July 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai Tuesday night hosted a dinner for visiting Namibian President His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba at the Robert L. Johnson Hotel in Kendeja.

In remarks, Vice President Boakai said the bond of friendship and solidarity between Liberia and Namibia dates back to the 1960s, when Liberia and Ethiopia took then Apartheid South Africa to the International Court of Justice to relinquish its illegal occupation of what was then South West Africa.

“The action taken by Liberia, in spite of the associated risks and threats to our national sovereignty, was consistent with our founding beliefs that all nations deserve freedom and self-determination,” Vice President Boakai noted adding, “Today, if a situation warrants such intervention by Liberia, you all can rest assured that my country will act in defense of those universally cherished principles”.

Vice President Boakai said Liberians hoped that their experience as a “true champion of freedom, self-determination, peace and justice for all mankind, especially being the oldest independent African country, would have shielded us from the brutal civil war which engulfed our nation”.

“This was not the case and we were left vulnerable. Like your country in the 1960s; however, the intervention of Namibia and other peaceful countries created the enabling environment for the peace and stability we now enjoy,” he said..

He expressed gratitude to the Namibian leader for his country’s contributions to the Liberian peace process, saying that Liberians would forever remain grateful for this.

He recalled the visit of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to Namibia last year which, he noted provided the opportunity to rekindle the friendship between Liberia and Namibia, particularly the signing of the Framework Agreement on Economic, Technical, Scientific, Cultural and Tourism Cooperation”.

He informed the Namibian leader that the process of rebuilding Liberia’s social fabric is ongoing, but said challenges still lay ahead. “This is where both countries need to explore their potentials and cooperate within the Framework Agreement as well as other areas that are mutually beneficial,” Vice President said, and assured Liberia’s commitment to honoring the terms and conditions of said agreement.

Speaking at the occasion, President Pohamba praised Liberia’s mediatory roles in the peace processes of other African and world nations.

The Namibian leader said he was happy to be in Liberia to hold bilateral discussions with his counterpart, President Johnson Sirleaf, and thanked government for the warm reception accorded him and his wife since their arrival in Liberia.

He reaffirmed his country’s commitment to sustaining the friendly ties subsisting between their two countries and peoples.

Also attending the dinner were: Namibian First lady Madam Penehupifo Pohamba, Deputy House Speaker Togba Mulbah, President Pro-Tempore Cletus Wotorson and Senator Jonathan Barney of Rivercess County, among others.