Armah Zolu Jallah, the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, paid an official visit to the Knesset on Wednesday and met with Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. This was the first visit to the Knesset by a president of the upper house of the bicameral Liberian legislature.
Edelstein told his guest, ”This is an opportunity for us to see the Liberian flag waving in the Knesset Plaza for the first time, and we welcome you and your delegation. Our countries share some of the same challenges, the main one being the fight against the intensifying terror, which, unfortunately, Israel has a lot of experience in.”
During the meeting, which was held in the Knesset speaker`s bureau, Edelstein offered Jallah cooperation between the countries and their parliaments on security, water, green energy, education and more. ”This is not merely a ceremonial meeting. Rather, it is a starting point for establishing work relations between our parliaments and countries,” the Knesset speaker stressed.
Jallah said the Liberian people ”admire the courage of Israel`s citizens”, and added that ”we can learn a lot from you about innovation, technology, agriculture and medical research.” The president of the Liberian Senate also mentioned Israel`s assistance in the eradication of the Ebola virus in his country (Israel sent Liberia financial donations and mobile clinics, and Israeli experts trained local medical teams).
In response, Speaker Edelstein said ”I am proud that we contributed our share and helped Liberia become Ebola-free. This is a global interest that the State of Israel shares.”
Later, during the plenary sitting, which was held in the presence of Jallah and his delegation, Speaker Edelstein said ”Since the establishment of relations between our countries in the late 50s, Liberia, along with the other African countries, has always shown friendship towards Israel, apart from the rift which followed the Yom Kippur War. With the resumption of relations in 1983, we signed pacts and cooperation agreements on issues related to security, technology, aviation, economy and more. We cooperate with you also through courses provided by the Foreign Ministry`s Center for International Cooperation, and we are glad to help as much as possible with training and equipment. I thank you, on behalf of the Knesset and its members, for this visit by our distinguished guest, and I hope that he will contribute to strengthening the ties between our countries, in all aspects.”