Liberia’s senate president, Armah Zolu Jallah, thanked Israel for its aid in helping to eradicate a fatal Ebola outbreak in his West African country.
“I am proud that we did our part and helped Liberia become free of Ebola. It is a world interest to which the State of Israel is a partner,” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told Jallah.
Jallah – who made history by becoming the first president of the upper house of the bicameral Liberian legislature to visit the Knesset – also told Edelstein that his country greatly admires Israel, saying, “we can learn a lot from you about innovation, technology, agriculture and medical research.”
Edelstein and Jallah spoke about relations between Israel and Liberia.
“Since we established diplomatic relations in the 1950s, Liberia has shown friendship to Israel, except when it cut off ties as a result of the Yom Kippur War, along with other African countries,” Eidelstein said.
“When relations were renewed in 1983, we signed accords in the field of security, aviation technology, economics and more. We cooperate with you also through Foreign Ministry courses and are happy to do whatever we can in training and operating equipment. I thank you, in the name of the Knesset and its members, for the visit of Your Excellency and hope it will contribute to strengthening the relations between the two countries in all aspects.”