According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader also saluted the EU for it collective efforts in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
According to the release, President Sirleaf made the commendation during the celebration of Europe Day, which historically commemorates the Schuman Declaration, when 66 years today the farsighted politician advocated for the unification of Europe in the aftermath of World War II.
She said the Schuman Declaration is not only perceived as a founding text of European integration, but also an encouragement for the continued promotion of world peace.
The declaration, she added, is very inspirational in content, noting: “World peace cannot be safeguarded without making creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.”
President Sirleaf prevailed on the EU envoy to convey to Donald F. Tusk, President of European Council, the EU staff, as well as citizens of the EU in Liberia, warm sentiments and sincere best wishes on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia.
She recounted that the celebration of Europe Day on May 11, 2015, coincided with the WHO Declaration of Liberia as Ebola-free; a status, she added, Liberia maintains despite two brief interruptions.
“More importantly, perhaps, we have demonstrated a response capability to address any possible future outbreak,” the Liberia Chief Executive noted.
The EU, she intimated, has continued to be a strong partner to Liberia, working with the administration in support of critical priority areas including, infrastructure, security, human rights, agriculture, energy, and education.
She praised the additional broad plan that includes Liberia for completing the West African Coastal Corridor by making available funds for the Sanniquellie – Danane stretch connecting Liberia to Ivory Coast, which, according to the Liberian leader, supports the country’s regional integration plan.
President Sirleaf furthered that the EU in collaboration with UNDP is also currently providing support to the Inter-Parliamentary Consultative Committee.
Liberia, she said, notes the progress made in the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which aims to ensure that Liberia exports only legal timber products to the EU, and looks forward to series of meetings convened by Liberia-EU VPA Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) to accelerate this initiative.
She stressed the need to celebrate the dynamic partnership between Liberia and the EU "as we recount the immeasurable benefits to the people of Liberia. We are aware that the need for continued partnership has never been more desired then now, a need to collaborate on matters of illegal migration, terrorism, CBRN Risk
Mitigation, Schengen visa issuance in Liberia and the promotion of a green climate, amongst others,” President Sirleaf stressed.