Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has showered praises on two distinguished outgoing Ambassadors accredited to Liberia from South Africa and La Côte d’Ivoire, respectively, for their “remarkable and outstanding” roles played in cementing the existing relationships between their countries and Liberia.Minister Ngafuan made the assertion last Friday at a farewell reception held in honor of South Africa, Ambassador Masilo Esau Mabeta and Ivorian Ambassador Kapieletins Soro’s.Minister Ngafuan expressed deep gratitude to the two Ambassadors for the cordial relations, and for working to expand the cooperation between their countries and Liberia. He said the ties between Liberia and South Africa, and La Côte d’Ivoire has grown even stronger, especially during the tenure of the two outgoing Envoys.While thanking the South African Ambassador for his instrumentality in ensuring that South African visas are issued in Monrovia, Minister Ngafuan said the country will miss him, “because he came with special thoughts in his own ways to achieve his goals, to which other government officials can attest. He knows all the villages, towns, counties across Liberia. So thank you very much for what you have done,” Minister Ngafuan told Ambassador Mabeta.While bidding the two Envoys farewell on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Minister thanked both for serving their respective countries well. By that, they have also served the continent well, and by serving the continent well, you have served mankind well.The Foreign Minister also paid special homage to Ambassador Mabeta’s wife, adding that she has been an integral part of all he husband success.He said under Ambassador Mabeta’s tenure, the relations between Liberian and South Africa have grown to a new level, especially with the issuance of South African visas in Liberia which, he noted, have considerably reduced the financial burden on Liberians. Also hailing the cordial relationship between Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire, the Foreign Minister recounted Ambassador Soro’s excellent role in cementing the ties of cordiality between the two countries.He added that Ambassador Soro has worked closely with Liberia in solving most of the growing challenges, especially the cross border crisis between both nations, which he said was addressed through the quadripartite frameworks, which led to the holding of several meetings between the two sisterly countries and brought together their two Heads of State and government along with the two UN Missions in both countries.He stated that due to the mutual cooperation and commitment of Ambassador Soro, some of the obstacles facing the two nations’ relationships were brought to a peaceful settlement, which helped to avoid potential crisis in the region. He stressed that while the border crisis was at the state of escalating, the two countries’ presidents and their foreign ministers had to work “very hard” at improving the security situation along their common borders.For his part, Ambassador Soro thanked officials, who turned out to grace what he called special occasion. He specifically thanked Minister Ngafuan for the personal and official assistance his Ministry rendered him while he was on his tour of duty in Liberia.He also hailed the hospitality of the Liberian Government and people for the manner in which his country’s refugees’ issues were managed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Next up in the non-con slate is a little MACtion: the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Chips make their way down the plains for what should be a progressively more difficult test for the Pokes. We got caught up with CMU writer Andy Sneddon for some expert insights. Let’s see what to expect this weekend.With what’s generally held as the best defense in the MAC and having arguably the best player and quarterback in the conference, what are the expectations for this season?Expectations are high, but guarded. The MAC is a fairly balanced league, particularly the West Division. CMU was picked to finish fourth in the six-team division. Northern Illinois has won or shared the divisional title in each of the past six years, Toledo has shared the title in each of the past two seasons. CMU and Western, along with Northern Ill. And Toledo finished in a four-way tie for the top spot a year ago. The feeling is that CMU can compete with anyone in the league.Other than 4 year starter and all-MAC QB Cooper Rush and Biletnikoff watch list receiver Jesse Kroll, who are other impact players the Cowboys should be aware of?Safety Tony Annese, a senior on the Thorpe Award Watch List; defensive lineman Chris Kantzavelos makes plays as does outside linebacker Nathan Ricketts. Junior Amari Coleman is one of the best corners in the league. On offense, Devon Spalding had 135 yards last week vs. Presbyterian and appeared to be in good shape coming off an injury that cost him the final 8 games of the 2015 season. Kroll is one of several very capable receivers, including Mark Chapman, Corey Willis and Anthony Rice.It seems the CMU offense has some spread and under the center formations, what kinds of things do they like to do offensively?It’s a fairly diverse offense, particularly if the run game is productive. Rush is a capable passer and he will go downfield; he does an excellent job picking his spots and jabbing. If they can move the ball on the ground, the offense can be very dangerous.After seeing Kavon Frazier and Thomas Rawls get into the NFL in recent years, who do you see having the most pro potential from this year’s team?Rush perhaps has the greatest potential. Perhaps Annese, the safety, who has great instincts and skill. Coleman as a corner. He’s just in his second game of his junior year, but he’s very quick, fast, athletic.The Cowboys are most eager to see if the running game has developed (struggled mightily last season). With guys like captains Jabari Dean and Kelby Latta (and getting Joe Ostman back from injury) returning, is the defensive line/run defense the strength of the unit?It has been in recent years, and all three of those players have played major roles in that success. On paper it appears to be a strength again. They limited Presbyterian last week to 44 yards on the ground (1.3 per carry) — but that’s an FCS team. The Cowboys will certain provide a much stiffer test, and a much more accurate gauge.With CMU playing a steady flow of Big Ten teams over the years, what do you perceive have been similarities/differences in Oklahoma State and Big Ten teams that the Chips have played?In watching last year’s game, I thought Oklahoma State had more speed, particularly on defense, than what CMU has been accustomed to seeing when it plays a Big Ten team.I haven’t been around here too long. The only one of those that I know personally is Thomas Rawls — I’ve never seen a running back run as consistently hard as he did. He suffered an ankle injury in the one and only season that he played here, and that limited his playing time. The MAC tends to run under the radar on the national scale, but obviously you need look only at the aforementioned examples to see that there are a number of talented players who have come from the program.Joe Staley (left tackle, 49ers) is another offensive lineman who has been a solid pro during his long NFL career. For awhile, the school began to get a reputation as one that regularly produces standout offensive linemen, but with the success of the likes of AB and Rawls, that, perhaps, is changing. Watt was a tight end when he was here, and that was for just one season; he transferred to Wisconsin.