Liberians in France bid Amb. Thomas farewell

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Paris, France-March 11,2014-Members of the Liberian Community living in Paris and other outlying provinces in France  have said good bye to Liberia's Outgoing Ambassador to France, Mr. D.  Mckinley Thomas.

The Interim  Chairman of the Community Mr. Mohammed Kanneh said members of the community sees it an obligation to extend a hand of good bye to the Outgoing Ambasador for his contributions  to Liberians living in France.

Mr. Kanneh praised Amb. Thomas for having a cordial working relationship with various Liberian community members and also seeking their interest in times of need.

He said Amb. Thomas has had  open arms in addressing the problems and concerns of the Liberia community in France.

In a statement read by the community Secretary General. Fasu B. Kamara, the Community recounted the level of cordiality , friendship and recalled his many achievements and wished him well in his new assignment.

In response, Ambassador Thomas thanked the Liberian Community for the warm sentiments expressed and called on all Liberians resident in France to work together as a team. 

Amb. Thomas admonished them to put aside their differences and unite in one accord, adding its is through  unity and cohesion, that they will be able to achieve their aims and objectives and thus contribute to the rebuilding of Liberia.

He said differences will always exist where there are many people, but challenged them never to allow their differences in ideas and opinions to separate them from one another or deter them from seeing the bigger picture, in their efforts to achieve their common goals.

'We are all Liberians, we may disagreed, but let not our disagreements lead to division. We must at all times enhance our productivity and set a steady course that realises our objectives.

Amb. Thomas called on the various Liberian groups in France to forge a single agenda and follow the democratic process in the election of their various leaders to represent the interest of all, adding in unity there is strength.

Ambassador Thomas who was appointed to France with accreditation to Switzerland, UNESCO, Greece, Spain and Portugal in 2005 ends his tour of duty shortly before  taking up his  new assignment in Beijing,China as Liberia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotiary.

Ambassador Thomas formerly served as Commercial Counselor in the Liberian Embassy in  Belgium before being appointed as Ambassador by former Chairman Gyude Bryant to France in 2005 and was re-assigned by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2006.

Former Director  General of the Civil Service Agency, Dr. William Allen is to take over as Liberia's new Ambassador to France shortly. Dr. Allen also served as Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism in the Transitional Government of Chairman Gyude Bryant.