President Sirleaf Commissions Foreign Service Officials

Wednesday, 2nd May 2007
President Sirleaf and the newly commissioned Foreign Service officers  at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf and the newly commissioned Foreign Service officers at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commissioned three Foreign Service officials at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.  Performing the ceremony on Wednesday, the President expressed the hope that those commissioned will represent the country with a new vision and principles to improve the image of Liberia. As Liberia strives to improve its image, the President said, individuals given the opportunity to represent the country abroad must exhibit competence, integrity and commitment in their assignments.

Those commissioned, according to an Executive Mansion release are, Mrs. Sedia Massaquoi Bangura, Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; Mr. William Morris, Consul-General to N’Zerekore, the Republic of Guinea and Mr. J. Napoleon Toquie, II, First Secretary and Consul of the Embassy of Liberia to Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The President said Liberia was sending an ambassador to Germany to help strengthen the relations between the two countries. Germany, the Liberian leader noted, has maintained a presence in the country and represents one of the few countries that has a Mission and established long term historical relationship with Liberia. The President expressed the hope that the relationship with Germany will be given the seriousness and commitment it deserves, to help restore the support Germany has provided Liberia over the years.

The President also urged the Consul-General to N’Zerekore to work with the ambassador and staff to ensure that Liberians, who wish to return home, are given all necessary support. On the relationship with the United Kingdom, the President spoke of the increasing level of support from Great Britain and urged the 1st Secretary and Consul to work towards helping to boost the relationship to a greater level.

The Commissioned officials thanked the President for their preferment and promised to work toward strengthening the ties between Liberia and the countries to which they have been assigned.

Wednesday’s ceremony was attended by Foreign Ministry officials, including Minister, George Wallace, government officials as well as family and friends of the honorees.