Liberians living in France turned out to give their fallen country man, First Secretary/Consul at the Liberian Embassy in Paris, France, Mr. Albert Timothy Amet his final good bye at the Chapel of the Hospital, Val de Grace in Paris, France.
Mr. Amet died on Friday, January 11, 2013 at about 6 am at the Hopital(Hospital) Val De Grace in Paris, after a period of illness.
In a tribute to his fallen staff member, Liberia Ambassador to Paris, France, H.E D. Mckinley Thomas extolled the many contributions that the late Amet rendered to the Liberian Paris Mission, in a selfless and dedicated manner.
Ambassador Thomas said "the Government of Liberia has lost a patriotic and devoted public servant, who regarded himself as a soldier, was posted abroad to protect and promote the interest of Liberia; even if it meant service at the exclusion of his family, and friends. From this assignment, he countenanced no desertion, no retreat, or surrender and no resignation".
Ambassador Thomas said at the home-going of Mr. Amet, the Paris Mission has lost a professional and experienced Foreign Service Officer, a diplomat and an institution. "In all, he dedicated 35 unbroken years of his Life to serving the Liberian Mission in Paris. For Mr. Amet, he was the Liberian Embassy in France and the Liberian Embassy in France, was Albert Amet. He believed that there was no distinction between him and the embassy, as one could not survive without the other".
"Albert Timothy Amet, was a dedicated public servant and a highly competent Foreign Service Officer who loved his work and prided himself on being regarded as indispensable to the smooth operation of the Paris Mission. He jealously guarded his turf and considered himself as the living and breathing embodiment and preserver of everything that was good about the Paris Embassy" Ambassador Thomas concluded.
In his eulogy, the Pastor of the Bethel World Outreach Church, the Rev. Siafa Getaweh said Liberians need to get closer to God in their daily lives as a way of ensuring that their life journey will get a final conclusion.
Rev. Getaweh said, Mr. Amet has lived his life and has gone; and it was those who were alive that are responsible to ensure that their lives are in line with their God, adding that no one knows when thy time cometh.
Mr. Amet worked with Senator William V.S. Tubman, Jr. in Liberia in his early days before moving to Europe. He and his wife, Mrs. Gwendolyn Amet, had two children, a boy and a girl. He later moved from Switzerland to Paris, and took up employment at the Liberian Embassy in 1977, under Ambassador James Freeman. After many years of faithful and dedicated service as an administrative staff, Mr. Amet was appointed to the Liberian Foreign Service and given the rank of Third Secretary.
Having proved himself as a capable Foreign Service Officer, he was subsequently promoted to the rank of Second Secretary/ Vice Consul and First Secretary /Consul, respectfully.
Due to his professionalism and other achievements, he was designated to serve as Charge d'affaires,a.i. of the Liberian Embassy, Rome, Italy for a brief period in 2009. In May of 2010, he was transferred to Geneva, Switzerland as Charge d'affaires a.i. of the Liberia Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Ambassador Thomas laid a wreath on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia while Minister Counselor Isaac C. Yeah presented a wreath on behalf of the Liberian Embassy in Paris, France and its staff members.
Messages of condolence were received from several Liberian embassies in Africa, Europe and Asia as well as from other eminent friends of Liberia, and members of the Liberian Community living in France and Europe.