Chancellor Angela Merkel to Visit Liberia

Monday, 6th August 2007
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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Monrovia, Liberia - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to pay an official visit to Liberia on October 7, 2007. Chancellor Merkel is scheduled to visit Liberia during an official tour of Africa later this year.

The disclosure was made Tuesday at the Foreign Ministry by Her Excellency Ilse Lindemann-Macha, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Liberia when she presented her letters of credence to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. 

According to an Executive Mansion release, Ambassador Lindemann-Macha paid tribute to President Johnson Sirleaf for her achievement as Africaís first democratically elected female president. She said Germany has contributed considerably to Liberiaís reconstruction and further pledged to do her utmost to further strengthen bilateral relations.

President Johnson Sirleaf traced the history of German-Liberian relations, established in 1855 and later led to diplomatic representation. The President said Germany has continued to support Liberia since the end of the 2003 war and the subsequent signing of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord. The Liberian leader also thanked Chancellor Merkel for being instrumental in getting the Group of 8 industrialized countries (G8) to support Liberia. The President expressed her pleasure that Ambassador Lindemann-Macha will be resident in Liberia during her tour of duty.