Minister Ngafuan Extols Two Outgoing Ambassadors for ‘Excellent’ Ties of Friendship

first_imgForeign 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)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man who met a young girl while she was working in a takeaway has been charged with having sex with her.Letterkenny court.The girl was just 16 when they met and he was 27. The man appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with counts of Defilement of a Child.The offences relate to incidents between June 15th and August 8th, 2007 in the man’s jeep and also in his mother’s car.Neither the accused or his victim can be named for legal reasons.The court heard the man first saw her in a takeaway and got her mobile number from friends and started texting her.They eventually met at the Donegal International Rally.In a statement to Gardai, the girl said the man always knew she was 16 but she did not know he had a girlfriend.Gardai were eventually informed of the affair by the girl’s mother after she began to receive texts from the man’s girlfriend.The man was arrested and he admitted he had had sex with the girl.He said he thought she was 17 but he had a fair idea that she may well have been 16.Barrister Peter Nolan said that both people had put the affair behind them and were now getting on with their separate lives.“I say that both parties want to get on with their lives and this should not attract a custodial sentence. This was a very brief and short fling and he should not have had sex with.“There was no exploitation or any kind of grooming going on. When the girl’s mother found out then that was the end of it,” he said.Judge Matthew Deery sentenced the accused to one year on each charge but ordered that he service 240 hours of community service in lieu of the prison sentence.MAN HAD SEX WITH YOUNG GIRL HE MET IN A TAKEAWAY was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:defilementdonegalLetterkenny Circuit Courtsexlast_img read more