On July 11, 2017 Ambassador of Ukraine to Senegal and Liberia O.Ovcharov handed the Credentials to the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
During the meeting, which took place in the form of a friendly and constructive dialogue, the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic sphere, were discussed.
Touching upon the issues of interaction within the framework of international organizations, the Ambassador of Ukraine expressed the gratitude from the Ukrainian leadership for the consistent Liberian support of the Ukrainian initiatives concerning the preservation of territorial integrity and state sovereignty of Ukraine.
He furthered, Ukraine is grateful to the pivotal role she continues to play in the world affairs as well as the leadership in the African region and West Africa sub-region adding, “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.
The Liberian side was informed about the state of resistance to the Russian aggression in the East of Ukraine and on the temporarily occupied territory of the Crimea and Sevastopol, the radical reforms being implemented in Ukraine, including within the framework of the fight against corruption.
Receiving the Credentials of the new Ambassador of Ukraine, the President of Liberia said the relationship between Ukraine and the Republic of Liberia is relatively new, yet promising. 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 conclusion, E. Johnson-Sirleaf conveyed the most sincere wishes of success to her Ukrainian counterpart P.Poroshenko, peace and harmony to the Ukrainian people.
During his visit to Liberia, O.Ovcharov met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia B.Elias Shoniyin and with the representatives of the Ukrainian Blue Helmets contingent of UNMIL.