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The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Ghana has allayed fears that the country is nearing collapse as a result of the deadly Ebola epidemic. According the the Embassy, the epidemic “is under control” in the country. The Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh in an earlier interview with the media, said Liberia was “close to collapse” as a result of the devastating Ebola outbreak. So for over 3,000 affected persons have been killed. But the Charge D’Affairs of the Embassy of the republic of Liberia in Ghana, Musu Ruhle in an interview with Citi News refutted the claims. She indicated that the situation has greatly improved, “There are patients leaving the hospitals now who have been treated and are going home and we have empty beds. Before, two three months ago, there were no beds, but now there are empty beds,” she indicated. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that health-care officials would need close to six months to tackle the Ebola outbreak in the worsely affected countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Broken diplomatic relations between Liberia and Saudi Arabia were restored, a diplomatic communication addressed to the Liberian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal said. In that letter, the Saudi Arabian authorities warned Liberia that the reopening of its embassy in Riyadh was subject to the Liberian Government’s commitment to address abuses in the past. The Saudi authorities specified in warning Liberia that “breach of the rules by diplomats or members of the Diplomatic Mission” will not be tolerated.
The U.S. State Department ordered the departure of all family members at its embassy in Liberia, one of the four West African nations hit hard by the Ebola virus. “The State Department today ordered the departure from Monrovia of all eligible family members not employed by post in the coming days,” department spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement. She said the U.S. Embassy in Liberia suggested the step “out of an abundance of caution,” adding that “Washington was focusing its efforts on helping U.S. citizens in the country as well as the Liberian government, international health organizations and local non-governmental organizations to deal with the unprecedented Ebola outbreak.” Meanwhile, additional disease specialists, including 12 disease prevention specialists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a 13-member Disaster Assistance Response Team, were sent to Liberia. The State Department also warned the U.S. nationals not to travel to Liberia. The Ebola outbreak in March has sickened 1,711 people and killed 932 so far in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of those infected. Liberia and Sierra Leone account for more than 60 percent of the deaths, according to the WHO.
The British Government has officially reopened its Embassy near Monrovia following 22 years of absence resulting from the Liberian civil conflict. Performing the official dedicatory ceremony on behalf of the British Government was British Parliamentary Under Secretary of States for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Mark Simmonds who was accompanied by the Liberian Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and the British Ambassador accredited near the Liberian capital, Ferus Cochrane-Dyet. Mr. Simmonds who is currently paying a two-day official working to Liberia visit described the re-opening of the British Embassy as a significant step in building the already excellent relationship that Liberia and the United Kingdom (UK) already has, importantly in deepening economic and trade ties.
The wife of the Liberian Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington D.C., Mrs. Kabeh Sulunteh, and the embassy’s Minister Consular for Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Gabriel I. H. Williams, say they are shocked by running internet rumors that the ambassador has “started two nasty wars”. In an email purportedly written and addressed to The Analyst by a man calling himself, Patrick K. Flomo, “Son of Bong County”, the writer claimed that the Liberian Ambassador to the Washington D.C., Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, has become “Liberia’s ‘Embarrassment to the United States’.” The reason, he claimed, was that instead of representing Liberia honorably, Ambassador “Sulunteh has started two nasty wars – one with a junior staffer at the Embassy and another with his wife – that are speedily shaming him and the country he is supposed to be representing honorably”. But in separate statements, Mrs. Sulunteh and the minister consular described the rumors as “shameful and diabolical attempts to score cheap political points” and a “surprise”, in that order. The email writer supposed Mrs. Sulunteh to be in a fierce divorce battle with her husband and facing deportation proceedings, but in a statement she issued, she said not only that she does not know the writer but also that he did not contact her for comments. “This is to categorically state that I did not grant interview to any journalist or individual, nor am I involved in any state of war with my husband. Those who are hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet to spread such malicious information are falsely using my name to achieve their selfish motives and goals,” Mrs. Sulunteh said.
The Government of Liberia (GoL) has handed over 1.7 acres of land, valued at US$150,000 for the construction of the Guinean Embassy in Monrovia. The land, according to Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, is situated in Congo Town outside the capital. The land was made available following a request from the Guinean Government through its Embassy here several years back, Minister Ngafuan disclosed. The Liberian Foreign Minister revealed that the donation is just the beginning of the Liberian Government’s plan to extend similar gestures to other foreign missions. The Liberian Government’s gesture reflects similar one rendered it when the Guinean Government offered an ideal land for the Liberian Embassy in Conakry which is located in a prime location.
Lawmakers in Liberia are outraged by strongly worded comments from the U.S. ambassador, who complained about sexist actions by the legislature over a wild political scandal involving the corruption-fighting female former acting mayor of the capital. Members of the House of Representatives accused Ambassador Deborah R. Malac of insulting the lower chamber of the Liberian legislature and interfering with domestic issues over the explosive dismissal of Acting Monrovia Mayor Mary Broh. Ms. Malac last week strongly defended Ms. Broh, calling her an “effective and tireless agent of change” for Liberia and a “strong partner” for the United States. The ambassador added her concern that the “recent political atmosphere has given rise to unprovoked verbal and physical assaults on women.”