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Liberian President H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf meets with Pre...
01/06/12

The President of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is in Botswana for a five day official visit, today lauded Botswana as a "model for all Africa and I daresay beyond" while attending a luncheon in her honour.

President Johnson-Sirleaf further observed that Botswana has become an inspiration and international benchmark based on the country's outstanding record of maintaining peace and democracy while achieving sound economic growth and development.

The Liberian President further praised Botswana for its leadership role in promoting democratic values internationally.

In her remarks she also noted that in the past she enjoyed the friendship and support of former Presidents Festus Mogae and Sir Ketumile Masire, and was happy to now be working together with President Khama, since his 2011 visit to Liberia.

Noting that her country was rebuilding after years of devastating conflict, she welcomed Botswana's willingness to assist by sharing its insights and expertise.   

Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf was responding to remarks by President Khama [full text previously forwarded], who had expressed his own delight to be hosting her on her first official visit to Botswana as the President of the Republic of Liberia.

President Khama further noted that her visit was a testament to the fraternal and friendly relations that exist between our two countries, which are premised on shared values and principles of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and a common vision to secure a better future for humanity.

He further expressed his gratitude for the warm reception that had been accorded to him and his delegation during his own first official visit to Liberia in August 2011.

The President also commended the Liberian President for the progress being achieved in Liberia under her leadership, noting that Liberia has recorded economic growth rates averaging 6% between 2008 and 2011, while greatly improving its ranking by Transparency International.

Prior to the State Luncheon the two leaders met this morning for official talks, which focused on potential partnership in such areas as mineral and agricultural development and human resource training.

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