Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has expressed appreciation to the people of Bangladesh for the sacrifices their army is making to keep the peace in Liberia.
He said Bangladesh has been instrumental in keeping the peace in Liberia, especially in the training of the Engineering Company of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Defense Minister Samukai made the commendation Tuesday when a six-member delegation headed by the Chief of General Staff of the Bangladesh Army, Lieutenant General Mohammad MAINUL ISLAM, paid a courtesy call on him at his Barclay Training Center office.
Minister Samukai informed the visiting delegation that Liberians are grateful to the people of Bangladesh for their support to the AFL as well as its civilian component.
He also applauded the people of Bangladesh for the level of support and cooperation that Liberia has received from the Bangladeshi Contingent serving in UNMIL and the MINUSMA mission in Mali.
According to Minister Samukai, the people of Bangladesh will also be remembered for the role they played in Liberia and for the numerous contributions and support they have rendered the people of Liberia.
The Defense minister promised the head of the delegation and his team that he will take advantage of the training opportunities given to the AFL and the civilian component of the Ministry of National Defense, while other sectors of government will seize the opportunities in the areas of Engineering, Agriculture and Health.
“The Ministry of National Defense will make good of these opportunities given by the Bangladeshi Army because the Commander-in-Chief of the AFL and President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s, intent is that the AFL Engineering Company be upgraded to a battalion size as soon as possible to assist the Ministry of Public Works in the reconstruction process of Liberia,” a press release quotes Minister Samukai as saying.
The AFL is working with the Bangladeshi Army to improve the capacities and skills of its personnel.
Also, the AFL medical component has been actively involved with medical outreach that has positively impacted the health and well-being of Liberians across Liberia.
Defense Minister Samukai said the AFL needs more health assistance in terms of training of medical practitioners, logistics, while agricultural training from Bangladeshi agricultural sector experts will help boost the AFL’s capacity in food production.
In remarks, the Chief of General Staff, Bangladesh Army Lieutenant General Mohammad MAINUL ISLAM, spoke of the need to further enhance the bilateral relations between Liberia and Bangladesh to foster growth and development.
General MAINUL ISLAM said he was especially glad to work with his Liberian counterpart because his Country had also experienced what Liberia has been through and is willing to share Bangladesh’s experiences with Liberia.
He said the purpose of the delegation’s visit to Liberia was to interact with Bangladeshi peacekeepers in UNMIL to engage with the mission’s hierarchy, to be familiarized with changing mission environment, reforms in contemporary peacekeeping operations as well as to access the performance of troops in the mission area.