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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 12.09.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee hosted a banquet in honour of the President of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday (September 11, 2013) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming the Liberian President on her first state visit to India, the President said her steadfast determination and inspiring leadership has helped Liberia become a land of opportunity. She has dramatically altered the course for Liberia, and is a guiding light and an example of women’s leadership that will inspire communities and nations not only in Africa, but across the globe.

The President said the visit of the Liberian President to India is an occasion for us to celebrate the centuries-old relationship between India and African nations. India believes that its experience could be of relevance to Liberia’s socio-economic development. India’s development partnership with Liberia will respond to Liberia’s requirements as it chooses its priorities and options - and forges its independent path of advancement and growth.

The President said India sees the Africa of today as a continent that is illuminated by the freedom, optimism and confidence that its people have in the power of their own potential. Guided by the wisdom of their ancestors, enthused by the vigour of their young generations, sustained by their rich diversity and natural resources and inspired by the vast horizons opening up to them, there is no limit to what Africans can achieve in terms of progress and prosperity. The continent is today at a thresh-hold, embarking on a path of sustained growth and poised to play a defining role on the world stage.

This release issued at 1115 hrs