President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received respective Letters of Credence from two new Ambassadors accredited to Liberia.
They are: His Excellency Fernando Moran Calvo-Sotelo, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain; and His Excellency Anil K. Sharan, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Liberia. Both newly accredited Ambassadors are resident in Côte d’Ivoire.
At separate presentation ceremonies in the Cabinet Room of the President’s Office, Tuesday, October 23, President Sirleaf called on the two Ambassadors to use their assignments in Liberia to further strengthen the relationship between Liberia and their respective countries.
President Sirleaf told Ambassador Calvo-Sotelo that Liberia was open to Spanish investors who could contribute to a vibrant private sector and, at the same time, create job opportunities for Liberians. She recounted the years of diplomatic relations between Liberia and Spain dating back to 1958, including a State Visit by President William V. S. Tubman.
For his part, the new Spanish Ambassador expressed the hope that his stay in Liberia will lead to Spanish investors coming to Liberia in support to building the country’s private sector. Ambassador Calvo-Sotelo expressed interest in helping Liberia combat transnational crime, which includes but is not limited to drug and child trafficking.
Receiving Ambassador Sharan, India’s new envoy to Liberia, President Sirleaf recounted the benefits of the bilateral relationship, which include human resource training and transportation, among others in recent times.
“I’d like to use this meeting to renew our appeal for a CT scan for the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, which will help alleviate the difficulties in disease diagnoses,” President Sirleaf said, adding, “We hope you will also look at pushing for Indian teachers, especially in the science and technical areas, to come to Liberia to teach in Liberian schools.”
The Liberian leader further called on India to look at possibilities in Liberia’s quest towards modernizing the Roberts International Airport, pointing out that a public-private partnership could be welcomed.
In response, Ambassador Sharan pledged his government’s support to Liberia, and hoped the request made by President Sirleaf would be done in time. He assured her that the request, especially for a scanning machine for JFK, would immediately be acted upon by his government as part of India’s support to Liberia in the health sector.
In the area of electricity, the new Indian Ambassador disclosed that his country has selected Liberia for the construction of a training center for a solar electrification system, and hopes to begin the project immediately if land for the center is identified by the government and modalities are worked out.
Approximately eight rural women recently traveled to India where they were trained in solar electrification which the Ambassador said will further be enhanced when the center is established in Monrovia.