President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence of the new Ambassador of the Republic of Ukraine to Liberia, Alexandre Ovcharov.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Ambassador Ovcharov presented his accreditation on Tuesday, July 11, at the office of President Sirleaf in Monrovia.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Dakar, Senegal conducts Ukraine’s engagements with Liberia, while Liberia is yet to be represented in Ukraine.
Receiving the Letters of Credence of the new Ambassador of Ukraine, President Sirleaf said the relationship between that country and Liberia is relatively new, yet promising, and indicated how pleased she was for the first time to receive the Letters of Credence of an Ukrainian diplomat.
She noted that the Government of Liberia was pleased to acknowledge the Ukrainian Peacekeeping Unit in UNMIL for its contribution in maintaining peace through surveillance and air patrols, transportation of personnel, and support to UNMIL.
In his remarks, Ambassador Ovcharov said the Government of Ukraine highly appreciates the valuable support of Liberia to the Ukrainian position and initiatives at the United Nations, especially support to the candidature of Ukraine at the elections for a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2016-2017 held in 2015 during 70th session of the UN General Assembly.
He also pointed out that Ukraine is grateful for the pivotal role President Sirleaf continues to play in world affairs as well as the leadership in the African region and West Africa sub-region.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that Ukraine firmly believes in the need for a comprehensive reform of global political and economic governance institutions, particularly the expansion of the UN Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories to effectively respond to global challenges that reflect contemporary geo-political realities,” he noted.
He commended President Sirleaf for the opportunity to present his Letters of Credence and assured President Sirleaf of his government’s commitment to working with the Liberian government in strengthening healthy and productive relationships.
Ambassador Ovcharov, on behalf of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, extended best wishes to President Sirleaf.