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The Kingdom of Kuwait will offer humanitarian assistance to Liberia in education, housing, health and other areas in infrastructural construction, Ambassador Burahmah affirmed when he presented his Letters of Credence to President Sirleaf here.
He stressed that Kuwait has strong interests in Liberia’s progress and development and will thus continue support to its rebuilding process.
“We will have a strong focus on humanitarian support to Liberia by engaging the many humanitarian foundations in Kuwait with programs that support housing, education, health and infrastructural development in poor, fragile and war-affected nations,” he said at the ceremony last week.
He conveyed the compliments of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar Al-Sabah, to President Sirleaf and pledged to promote the good relations between Liberia and the Kingdom of Kuwait.
He recounted Liberia’s positive cooperation and support in the past, especially during Kuwait’s conflict with Iraq in 1991, and recalled that Liberia’s Ambassador then at the United Nations strongly condemned Iraq for aggression against Kuwait, and called for tough measures against Baghdad.
“This singular action from Liberia, along with many others that followed, led the international community into action against Iraq – an initiative that ensured Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwaiti territory,” Ambassador Burahmah said.
He praised Liberia for its belief in the freedom and independence of all nations of the world, as it demonstrated during Kuwait’s conflict with Iraq, and urged President Sirleaf to uphold such principles.
Ambassador Burahmah promised to promote more private sector partnerships that would see private investors from Kuwait to invest in the Liberian economy.
The Ambassador later presented to President Sirleaf a copy of a book authored by him, titled: “Water Crises in the Middle East: Options for Solving Water Disputes.”
President Sirleaf extended appreciation to the Emir of Kuwait for accrediting an Ambassador to Liberia, and recalled the Arab nation’s numerous contributions to Liberia, including support to road building, debt waiver, Liberia’s Embassy in Kuwait and peacekeeping.
“Liberia-Kuwait relations restarted recently, during the current government, and I proceeded with an official visit to Kuwait thereafter,” President Sirleaf said. She reminded Ambassador Burahmah that key components of the existing bilateral agreement with Kuwait, including the feasibility study and the subsequent pavement of the Gbarnga-Mendekorma Highway, are on course.
She also reminded the Kuwaiti Ambassador about the Kingdom’s commitment to the establishment of a diplomatic mission in Liberia, saying: “Establishing a Kuwaiti mission in Liberia will foster and strengthen the existing ties to the benefit of both countries and peoples.”