The government of Libya has donated thirteen (13) new tractors to the government of Liberia worth over half a million United States dollars as part of efforts to restore diplomatic ties between both countries.

Speaking Monday, February 11, 2013, at the turning over ceremony held at the Libyan Embassy in Monrovia, the Accredited Minister of Libya, Mohamed Salem Salim, said the donation is intended to further restore and strengthen the relationship that once existed between both countries.

Mr. Salim recognized Liberia’s backing during this country’s uprising and political movement that started February to October of last year; for the liberation, democracy and unity of that country.

The Libyan diplomat assured that the new government of Libya will support human rights and cooperation as well avoid interference in other internal affairs.

He also assured that the new relationship between the two countries will be based on credibility, transparency that will in turn produce benefits for both countries.

Minister Salim indicated that the tractors will contribute to government’s efforts in providing food security for its people.

For his part, Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Ngafuan, said almost exactly two years ago, there were some difficulties in Libya; that led to Liberia breaking ties with that country, which according to him rendered the tractors that were earlier donated temporary victims due to those complications.

Minister Ngafuan stated that the country’s decision to break ties with Libya under the reign of slain President Khadafi was prudent as the oldest country on the continent; which also led to other African countries following same in backing the quest for political freedom of the Libyan people.

According to him, in July of last year, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the margin of the African Union meeting, he, along with the  then Libyan Foreign Minister, signed an agreement for the full restoration of diplomatic relations that had been severed sometimes past.

Also speaking, the Acting Minister of Agriculture, Charles McClain said the tractors will be used by farmers around the country to assist them to enhance food security, as well as teach other farmers how to use the tractors at the various  agriculture technical learning centers and the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI).