African Envoy Says Sirleaf 'Esteemed Daughter of Africa' (

Eritrean Ambassador and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in Japan, Mr. Estifanos Afeworki, has described President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as “an esteemed daughter of the African continent.”

“We are all very proud of your successful career and the Prime Minister of Japan’s invitation to you as the Keynote Speaker for the Women’s Assembly in Tokyo is a clear testimony of your greatness,” Ambassador Afeworki said.

According to a dispatch, the Eritrean envoy made the commendation Thursday when the Liberian leader held discussions with Ambassadors of the African Diplomatic Community in Tokyo, Japan at a special breakfast meeting organized by the Liberian Embassy in collaboration with the African Diplomatic Corps in Japan.

He praised President Sirleaf as well as the leaders of Guinea and Sierra Leone for their “excellent leadership” that helped contain the further spread of the Ebola virus disease in the three most-affected countries.

The Eritrean diplomat reiterated that social and economic change in Japan sets women’s empowerment as a key element, an example that the African continent could emulate.

Earlier, Liberia’s Ambassador to Japan, Ms. Youngor Telewoda welcomed the African diplomats to the breakfast meeting with President Sirleaf and praised them for their solidarity during the period of the Ebola crisis.

“All of you stood with Liberia and did not stigmatize us during the Ebola crisis,” she indicated.

She also reflected on the Liberian leader’s first meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps when she visited Japan in 2012.

During an interactive discussion, many of the envoys, particularly female Ambassadors, expressed admiration for President Sirleaf and her leadership.

“You are a great leader both in your country and on the global stage who’s very committed to the most vulnerable segments of society – the women and children of the world,” they said.

“You inherited a country destroyed by war and conflict and it is amazing to know how successful you have performed,” the Ambassadors commented.

Present at the meeting included Ambassadors from Angola, Benin, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana,

Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, among many others.