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Vayalar Ravi meets with accident in Liberia, out of danger

February 05, 2010 09:16 IST

Minister of Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi is out of danger after a car accident in Liberia on Thursday, the Indian High Commissioner in Abuja said, even as his visit to Nigeria has been cancelled.

Ravi was scheduled to visit Nigeria on Thursday. A speeding driver rammed into Ravi's car in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia while he was heading to board a flight to Nigeria.

Mahesh Sachdev, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria said that the minister has been taken to John F Kennedy Medical Centre in the capital city for medical treatment and may be evacuated to Abidjan, the capital of Cote d'Ivoire if the need arises.

The high commissioner said he spoke with officials in Monrovia who said the injury is not dangerous.

Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire with concurrent accreditation to Liberia, Shamma Jain was also wounded in the accident. Ravi is on a nine-day tour of African countries namely, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria.

The visit to Nigeria has been cancelled.

During his visit to Liberia, he held talks with Liberian officials on further strengthening the technical and economic cooperation between the two countries.

In Ghana, he met President John Evans Atta Mills their discussion dwelt on several bilateral issues.
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