President of Liberia recognises impact of Cuban collaboration

This article originally appeared in the Granma | Wednesday, 26 August 2015 | Click here for original article

Liberia.— President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, expressed her gratitude to the Cuban government for their generous support during the Ebola crisis, sending 53 health professionals to combat the epidemic and granting scholarships to Liberians to study in Cuba, in particular careers in medicine.

Johnson Sirleaf recalled her meeting with Salvador Valdés Mesa, a Council of State vice president in Addis Ababa, during which she requested more assistance in the form of Cuban health workers in order to help strengthen the Liberian healthcare system and called on her country’s ministry to work with the Cuban embassy to this end. Likewise she commented to the Ambassador of her hope to soon see an accredited Liberian ambassador in Cuba.

Lefebre Nicolás praised the current stated of relations between both countries and expressed her satisfaction with Cuba’s efforts during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

Also participating in the encounter were deputy minister of Foreign Relations, Elias Shoniyin and deputy minister for the Americas Sie Teba-Neufville at the Ministry of Foreign Relations; and on the Cuban side, Yor­denis Despaigne, Cuban chargé d'affaires in Monrovia.

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