Written Defense Ministry Public Affairs – The Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Brownie J. Samukai Jr., has lauded the United States Government for its numerous assistance rendered the Liberian Government, most especially, the training and equipping of the over two thousand personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as well as the process leading to the selection and induction of the newly Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankhan.
MinisterSamukai informed US State Department Delegation that Liberia is committed in fighting terrorism and others trans-borders crimes within the subregion and beyond as mandated by Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Commander-In-Chief of the AFL, that“No inch of Liberia’s territory will be used to destabilize her neighbors.” Minister Samukai furthertold the delegatethat the security situationswithin the Mano River Union borders between Liberia,Guinea and Ivory Coast remain calm with a recent internal uprising in Ivory Coast which his counterpart said has been put under control.
Minister Samukai made these remarks when United States Delegation on the Partnership Dialogue headedby Department of State Counselor Thomas Shannonpaid him a courtesy visit at his BTC office on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
The Minister further praisedthe U. S. Government through its Ambassador Deborah Malac for equipping Liberian Coast Guard that is now protecting our maritime borders from illegal fishery and others harmful substances from coming into Liberia
For his part, Counselor Thomas Shannonthanked Minister Samukai for the level of good works the ministry has done and continuing to do and he remains proud of US- Liberia relations for the fact that Liberia has contributed troop to International Peacekeeping efforts in Mali which show that Liberia is on par with the international community. He said his primary mission to Liberia is on Partnership Dialogue with Defense Authorities as wellas to meet the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia-Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankhan.