Monrovia — The Authorities of Liberia and the European Union efficiently concluded the eleventh version of the EU-Liberia Partnership Dialogue on Thursday. The dialogue addressed varied problems with mutual curiosity, together with bilateral EU-Liberia cooperation, preparations for the upcoming October Liberian elections, human rights, international coverage cooperation on regional and multilateral issues, in addition to the enterprise and funding local weather.
Previously often known as the Political Dialogue, the occasion has been renamed the Partnership Dialogue. The assembly was co-chaired by H.E. Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr., Minister of Overseas Affairs of Liberia, and Ambassador Delahousse, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Liberia.
The focus of this yr’s partnership dialogue between the European Union and Liberia was the Presidential and Legislative elections scheduled for October 10, 2023.
Beneath the theme “Partnership for Tangible Outcomes,” the dialogue was attended by dignitaries resembling Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, Justice Minister Musa Dean, Schooling Minister Ansu Sonii, Deputy Commerce Minister Wilfred Bangura, in addition to Ambassadors from all EU international locations in Liberia, amongst different authorities officers.
In his opening remarks, Overseas Minister Dee Maxwell Kemeyah reaffirmed the federal government’s dedication to conducting free, honest, and inclusive elections. He highlighted that the eleventh version of the EU-Liberia Partnership Dialogue strengthens the already constructive relationship between the European Union and the Liberian authorities.
“To us as a authorities, the importance of the partnership dialogue lies in fostering cooperation, collaboration, coordination, and discovering options. This dialogue encourages stakeholders to work collectively, contemplating the pursuits of all events concerned,” Minister Kemeyah acknowledged.
He additional added, “Constructing belief, selling transparency, and nurturing mutual respect are important for establishing sturdy partnerships and reaching significant outcomes. Therefore, the federal government absolutely endorses this nationwide dialogue. The EU-Liberia Political Dialogue is now renamed the EU-Liberia Partnership Dialogue.”
EU Head of Delegation, Laurent Delahousse, emphasised the union’s curiosity within the elections, human rights, bilateral cooperation, and the difficulty of feminine genital mutilation.
Each side expressed their shared dedication to free, honest, clear, credible, and peaceable elections, aiming to set a constructive instance within the area.
“The EU welcomes the adoption of a brand new Code of Conduct by all political events, often known as the 2023 Farmington River Declaration, which commits to a good, tolerant, and peaceable electoral course of. The EU additionally extends its normal help to the Nationwide Elections Fee and the Liberian safety establishments in finishing up their mandates in the course of the upcoming election,” acknowledged Delahousse.
Throughout the dialogue, the contributors mentioned the sturdy and energetic international coverage cooperation between the European Union and the Republic of Liberia, constructed on shared values. Additionally they highlighted their joint efforts, each regionally and multilaterally, to advertise peace, human rights, the values of liberal democracy, and respect for worldwide rule of legislation, Delahousse added.
In unequivocal phrases, each events condemned Russia’s unprecedented navy aggression in opposition to Ukraine, emphasizing that such actions blatantly violate worldwide legislation. Additionally they reaffirmed their help for the transition processes to revive constitutional democratic order within the Republics of Guinea, Mali, and Burkina Faso, in shut collaboration with the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS).