French Ambassador Presents Letters of Credence

Monday, 16th April 2007
French Ambassador Jacques Gerard presents letters of credence to President Sirleaf.
French Ambassador Jacques Gerard presents letters of credence to President Sirleaf.
Photo Credit: James Garessen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her government aims at reestablishing strong ties with France. The President said Liberia and France have had a long relationship of history which weakened during the years of conflict, but expressed the hope that relations would change for the better.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President spoke at the Foreign Ministry Monday, when she received the Letters of Credence from His Excellency Jacques Gerard, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France.

The Liberian leader thanked the Government of France for the ambulances, fire trucks as well as the budgetary support given to Liberia. The President said she expects a trade and investment mission from France in the country soon. The President expressed the hope that more would be done for the teaching of French in Liberian schools, stressing the need to make many Liberians bi-lingual. The President noted that more can be achieved through working with the Alliance Francaise School in Monrovia.

For his part, Ambassador Gerard said his government is aware that the issue of debt relief is very important to Liberia. Ambassador Gerard emphasized that progress in Liberia has been due to the election of President Johnson Sirleaf. He pledged to give the bilateral relations between both countries new impetus.

In another development, the Apostolic Nunciature in Liberia has announced that Reverend Father Chris Brenan will head its Liberia office as an Administrative Attachť. The decision is intended to ensure the functioning of the diplomatic mission in Liberia in the absence of His Excellency, the Most Reverend George Antonysamy, Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia who is stationed in Freetown, Sierra Leone.