LIBERIA: Defense Minister Assures US Delegation of Support

Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie Samukai has assured the head of a visiting U.S. Military Delegation of his ministry’s preparedness to collaborate with the American military team expected in the country shortly.

He said the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will work to buttress the U.S. military efforts to ensure the success of the fight against the Ebola virus that is having a crippling effect on every sector of the Liberian Society.

Minister Samukai made the statement on Thursday when a U.S. delegation headed by Major General Darryl Williams, who commands the US Army Africa, paid him a courtesy call at the Defense Ministry.

For his part, Major General Williams expressed the U.S. Military’s willingness to work with the Liberian people, adding “We have not come to take over but to work with you, for you and through you.”

The U.S General acknowledged the toughness of the task ahead, but expressed optimism that the fight against Ebola is surmountable, emphasizing, “This is a tough enemy but with united efforts we can defeat this common enemy.”

Also making remarks, US Ambassador Deborah Malac, who accompanied the U.S military delegation to the Defense Ministry, assured the U. S. government’s fullest commitment and support to Liberia’s Ebola fight.

Malac said she looks forward to a positive partnership between the U.S and Liberia in the battle against Ebola.

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