Fourteen Liberian Detainees Released in Cote d’Ivoire

The Government of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire has released fourteen Liberians, who were arrested and detained following the attack on the Abobo Military Base on the night of April 20-21, 2021.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah having heard about what happened regarding the attack on the Ndotré military camp, got in touch with his Ivoirian counterpart, the President of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara to express deep regret concerning the unfortunate incident.

As part of his concern to maintain a stable region, the Liberian Chief Executive, President George Manneh Weah, on Thursday, May 6, 2021 dispatched a special delegation, headed by the Liberian Foreign Minister, H.E. Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., also part of the delegation are the Minister of Justice, Cllr. F. Musa Dean and Gen. Daniel Ziakahn, Minister of National Defense among others to Cote D’Ivoire on a facts finding mission.

While in Abidjan, the Liberian Foreign Minister and delegation on Friday, May 7, 2021 met with Ivorian

Minister of Defense, Téné Birahima Ouattara and the Minister of Justice, where they held an indoor meeting, relative to the recent attack where the Ivoirian authorities provided update to their Liberian counterparts on the situation about the attack on the Ndotré military camp.

Minister Ouattara said they have no intention to hunt down Liberians living in Cote d’Ivoire, noting that Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia are two brother Countries, which have a common history and cultures, these two peoples have a duty for both populations to live in tranquility. “This visit comes at the right time, because it allows us to define together the rules to ensure security at the level of our common borders, to avoid the recent situation experienced in Abidjan”.

For his part, Minister Kemayah said the Ivorian Minister of Defense explained to them that the arrest of some Liberians was not a witch hunts or pursuing the Liberians, who are living peacefully in Cote d’Ivoire, reiterating that Liberians will continue to live in Cote d’Ivoire without any molestation.

Minister Kemayah further said that what happened in Abidjan recently will not divide our both countries, on the contrary, it will strengthen our relations, and he reassured the Ivorian authorities that Liberia will not serve as a rear base for terrorists and armed groups in order to destabilize Côte d’Ivoire.

He reiterated that the government of Liberia is committed to ensuring that no inch of its territory will be used as a Launchpad for insurrection in the Mano River Union Basin.

The Liberian chief diplomat used the occasion to reassure Ivoirians living in Liberia that they will continue to enjoy freedom of movement in the country at all times, without any form of harassment from the Liberian authorities.

“Liberia is working towards strengthening relations between the two countries; Liberians living in Côte d’Ivoire must be peaceful and don’t come in conflict with the Ivoirian law, he emphasized.

Minister Kemayah told the Ivorian officials, that President George Weah was a symbol of global peace, even before he became Head of State; he has always been for peace.

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