(PHOTO – AFL CHIEF OF STAFF) – The Governments of Liberia and the People's Republic of China Wednesday signed a grant agreement under which the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will provide US$ 3 million to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Under the agreement, the AFL will use the US$3 million exclusively for the acquisition of military equipment and logistics.
Deputy Defense Minister for Administration Joseph F. Johnson signed the agreement for Liberia, while Ambassador Zhang Yue signed for China.
In remarks at the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Defense in Monrovia, Ambassador Yue said the grant is in furtherance of the strong bilateral ties that have existed between the two countries over the years.
He pointed out that the agreement is the most meaningful gift from the Chinese people to the Armed Forces of Liberia during this period of the fight against Ebola, noting that China attaches importance to Liberia’s security concerns and will do all it can to help solve these concerns.
Also in remarks, Deputy Minister Flomo on behalf of Liberia thanked the Government and people of China for the gesture, and assured that the funds given will be used for the intended purpose.
At the ceremony, the Liberian Government conferred the “Distinguished Service Order” upon the outgoing Defense Attaché at the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia, Senior Colonel Zhao Xizang.