The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: 'I See Liberia Rising Again' - Korean Envoy

The newly accredited South Korean Ambassador to Liberia, has presented Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia, expressing optimism that the country will rise again "as a prosperous democratic nation in West Africa."

Speaking here Tuesday, Ambassador Surh Sun-Yol told President Sirleaf, "I am pleased that Liberia has returned to normalcy and stability and that democracy have put down its root under your able and progressive leadership."

According to a release from the Foreign Ministry here, he recounted that diplomatic relations between South Korea and Liberia started as far back as 1954, but was interrupted due to the over two decades of civil conflict in the country, adding that he will find the best ways of sharing South Korea's development experience with Liberia.

The South Korean Ambassador is resident in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, responsible for countries including Ghana, Liberia, and others.

Receiving the Letter of Credence from Ambassador Sung-Yol, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf thanked the President of South Korea for accrediting an Ambassador to Liberia and reflected that at some point in the past, Liberia and South Korea were growing at the same rate.

She further recounted that there were lots of cooperation between Liberia and South Korea in the 1980s and that a number of bilateral cooperation agreements were signed, but interrupted due to the war. The President praised South Korea's support to the United Nations Women Program, UN Women.

The Liberian President further indicated that Liberia can learn some of the things that enabled South Korea's economy to grow so fast, stressing that the two countries are back in a collaborative relationship.

She reminded Ambassador Sung-Yol about South Korea's commitment to support Liberia's road construction effort as the country currently pursues its development platform, "An Agenda for Transformation" that focuses on people, roads, ports and energy.

The Foreign Minister of South Korea will be among hundreds of high-profile leaders from across the globe that will participate in a three-day meeting of the UN High-level Panel on Post-Millennium Development Goals scheduled to take place in Monrovia from 30th January to 1st February, 2013.

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