Vice President Boakai Lauds Outgoing Ivorian Ambassador

Wednesday, 29th June 2011

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., has lauded the outgoing Ivorian Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Elisabeth K. Toure for the pivotal role she played in further strengthening ties between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

The Liberian Vice President observed that it was during Madam Toure’s tour of duty in Liberia that Cote d’Ivoire joined the Mano River Union. He added that under the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Ivory Coast has consented to provide electricity to Liberian towns bordering Ivory Coast.
 “We want to commend Madam Toure for being a good Ambassador. Her stay in Liberia was short, but during this time, she encouraged stronger ties with Ivory Coast,” Vice President emphasized.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation on Wednesday, June 29 when Ambassador Toure who has been recalled, visited him at his Capitol Building office to bid him farewell.

Vice President Boakai observed that Liberia and Ivory Coast do not only share common boundaries but also have ethnic and cultural similarities.

He added that this is why Ivorian refugees were received with open arms in Liberia and settled them when they fled the conflict in their country.

The Liberian Vice President expressed the hope that Ivorians would strengthen the peace they now enjoy by improving relations among the various ethnic groups, now that the conflict has ended.

Making remarks earlier, Madam Toure extended gratitude to the Liberian Government for the reception accorded Ivorian refugees in Liberia.

She said she considers Liberia her second home because of the reception accorded her during her tour of duty in Liberia. “Indeed, I am leaving with fond memories of Liberia,” Madam Toure said.