Ambassador Y. Sailas Thangal, said the bilateral ties between the two countries are growing well, while the promises are being enhanced and widening in both contents and substance.
The Indian envoy was speaking Monday, February 3, 2020 at program marking the turnover of five new fire trucks donated to the Government of India to Liberia through the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS). The ceremony was held at the Freeport of Monrovia on the Bushrod Island, on the outskirt of Monrovia with President George Manneh Weah and an array of government officials in attendance.
“Today is a happy day for India and Liberia bilateral cooperation that worth celebration. It is a proud movement in the Liberia-India partnership and brotherhood to turn over five brand new fire trucks,” said the Indian diplomat.
“This is the fruit of our healthy bilateral cooperation of the Governments of India and Liberia and the Peoples of Liberia and India,” he asserted.
Amb. Thangal wants the two countries to continue working together in a bid to strengthening a stronger bilateral cooperation so as to reap greater benefits.
While recalling the earlier donation of 45 new buses to Liberia, the Indian government official reaffirmed his government’s commitment to supporting the developmental drive of Liberia in whatever way it can.
“The last time we donated 45 new buses to ease the transportation needs of the people of Liberia and today we are donating these new fire trucks; all in furtherance of strengthening our relationship,” he stated.
“I understand that the company that donated the buses has already come to Liberia and has conducted pre delivery inspection training as well as training of the Liberian officials who will be handling the buses for the people of Liberia. There will be need for training for these trucks as well and we are going to do just that,” he added.
Liberia’s Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Nathaniel McGill, on behalf of the Liberian government, expressed heartfelt gratitude to his Indian counterpart for the partnership.
“Our government is very pleased to extend to your government the appreciation of our President and the People of Liberia,” noted McGill.
“Fire poses serious threat to our country and so we are so grateful for this donation,” he commended.
However, on the heel of these landmarks gestures to the country, Min. McGill craved the indulgence of the Indian government to live up to its promise by the construction of the Mohammed Ghandi Conference and the Bali Island Bridge.
Minister McGill described the construction of the projects as key to Liberia’s infrastructural development and as they are in line with the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD)-the development program of the government.
In remarks, Acting Foreign Minister, Mr. Henry B. Fahnbulleh, said the latest Indian government’s gesture to the country manifestation of the strong bilateral tie that has long subsisted between the two nations.
“India has over the years contributed to the developmental drive of this country, and so we want to thank you so much. I also want to use this time to thank you for the recent donation of the 45 new buses to our government and people,” Min. Fahnbulleh lauded the Indian government.
The acting Foreign Minister described the donation of the fire trucks as a great source of relief and redemption of lives and properties.