The Liberian and Indonesian leaders Thursday held bilateral talks and signed a bilateral agreement in the capital Monrovia.
The talks got underway shortly after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ‘s arrival in the country to participate in the UN High-Level Panel, of which he is Co-Chair.
The talks were followed by the signing of a joint communiqué aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation between Liberia and Indonesian, considered one of the Asian tigers.
Under the agreement, Indonesia will train Liberians in the areas of garment manufacture, agriculture, as well as provide them scholarships to pursue studies in the social sciences, science and technological disciplines.
President Yudhoyono pledged a strong commitment to support Liberia in consolidating peace and development in the post-war.
“As the first Indonesian President to visit Liberia, I hope my visit will further enhance and deepen the cooperation between our two countries,” and assured that he was committed to enhancing and further expanding the ties between the two countries.
He praised the Liberian leader for the development strides Liberia has made under her administration. He said Indonesia considers Liberia a friend, noting that the close cooperation they enjoy will benefit the two countries.
President Yudhoyono said he looked forward to a successful High-level Panel Meeting which is being held under the theme:”Ending Poverty in our time.”
The Indonesian President then extended a formal invitation to President Johnson Sirleaf to pay a state visit to Indonesia.
Also speaking during the signing ceremony, President Johnson Sirleaf thanked President Yudhoyono for the strong commitment he has demonstrated to assist Liberia.
He said even although the Indonesian leader came to Liberia to attend the High-level Panel meeting, he has been gracious enough to grant her government an opportunity for bilateral talks.
She welcomed the enhancement of bilateral ties between the two countries, noting that Liberia stands to learn a lot from Indonesia which is one of the fastest growing economies in the world today.
Source African Press Agency
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