Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu alongside Liberia’s Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara speaks on strengthening bilateral relationshipTurkey invited to establish diplomatic mission in MonroviaThe government of Turkey yesterday held discussions with the Liberian government in an effort to help strengthen investment opportunities in the country.The Turkish government is now poised to help Liberia in the commercial, education, and agriculture sectors, while also assisting to digitize Liberia’s Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA).Those were highlighted at a joint press stakeout where Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon V. Kamara and her Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, addressed the media at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.Minister Çavuşoğlu who was on a one-day visit to Liberia stressed the need to increase trade between the two countries, which he believes will help both countries in the development of key sectors.Minister Çavuşoğlu said he was delighted to be the first Turkish Foreign Minister to visit Liberia, adding that his visit will contribute to the development of Liberia through bilateral relationship.The minister, along with a high-level delegation, arrived in the country yesterday for a brief visit, which began with Foreign Affairs Minister Kamara and a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf before visiting Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the Capitol Building.Çavuşoğlu said Liberia has made remarkable progress since the civil crises and the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in 2014, which killed thousands and distressed the country’s economy.“We consider our long history with Africa as a success story. Today, we discussed every legal aspect of this relationship and agreements, such as economic, commercial and technical cooperation and protection of investments as well as taxation,” Minister Çavuşoğlu said.Minister Kamara in her opening remarks lauded her Turkish counterpart for the visit and his commitment to strengthening the bilateral relationship with Liberia.“We have discussed on different areas in which we can enrich further collaboration. Liberia is very appreciative of the level of the relationship thus far, especially for the support it continues to receive as part of Turkey’s outreach to Liberia,” Minister Kamara said.According to Minister Kamara, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has offered the establishment of a permanent residence in Liberia as part of the effort to strengthen the relationship between both countries.Minister Kamara termed the visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister as historic, adding that “His visit has created the opportunity to exchange views on the status of the bilateral agreement between the two countries and explore other avenues for further strengthening it.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Early detection saves lives” was the chant as hundreds took to the streets of Georgetown on Sunday to raise awareness on breast cancer as part of the activities to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The march, which was organised by the Public Health Ministry, commenced and culminated at Parade Ground on Middle Street, Georgetown.Leading the march were Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr Karen Cummings, along with First Lady Sandra Granger; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife, Sita; and several cancer survivors.Cancer survivor Desiree Edghill said that the walk differed from similar walks in that it allowed cancer survivors to feel embraced. “When people see survivors walking, I think that gives them some hope that I can fight this and I think what wasSome of the participants at Sunday morning’s breast cancer awareness walkgood about this walk also is that there was a lot of education happening on the way … so, I think it is important that we continue to walk and continue to let people know that early detection saves lives,” Edghill underscored.Also, a survivor, Public Health Minister Lawrence – who described herself as a ‘cancer warrior’ – said raising awareness was important, since many women experienced the symptoms, but were afraid to let people know or face the issue head-on.“When we come out in the public and we show them that even a minister or anyone – it does not matter who you are, but you can have cancer and you can be a survivor, you can war against cancer. So, this is to encourage [persons] to come out and do their breast checks,” Minister Lawrence is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).Dr Cummings, the Minister within the Public Health Ministry, noted that the huge turnout demonstrated that more people were aware of the issue. The Minister said, “We certainly want to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancers in general and more importantly, breast cancer, which is very common among women. So, I know that persons will learn to examine themselves every month so they can save their lives.”October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Governments, civil society groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) use this annual observation to raise awareness about the disease, and garner funds that will go towards research on treatments and a cure.