Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, along with French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau
Minister Samukai Lauds French Support To Liberia
MONROVIA, March 11 (LINA) – Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has lauded the Government of France for its assistance to the Liberian Government, especially the training of personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
He made the remarks when the French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, paid a courtesy call on him at his Barclay Training Center office on Tuesday.
Minister Samukai informed the French envoy that he and the Defense Chiefs within the Mano River Union are in direct communication, noting that this was necessary for sub-regional security.
He assured the French diplomat of Liberia’s readiness to work along with France and learn from its maritime expertise, which will benefit both Liberian Coast Guard and staffs of the Ministry of National Defense.
Minister Samukai further pledged Liberia’s commitment in fighting terrorism and other trans-border crimes within the sub-region and beyond, as mandated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Commander-in-Chief of the AFL that “No inch of Liberia’s territory will be used to destabilize her neighbors”.
He praised the French navy for recently arresting a vessel carrying cocaine in Liberian waters, and thanked Ambassador Godeau for the offer of training opportunities for both AFL personnel and Central Administration staff of the Defense Ministry in France.
For his part, Ambassador Godeau thanked Minister Samukai for the good work the Ministry of Defense has done, and said his visit to Minister Samukai focused on Maritime Security, particularly within the ECOWAS sub-region.
Envoy Godeau informed Minister Samukai that in order to improve security in the ECOWAS sub-region, France is prepared and has the expertise and technologies to assist the Liberian Coast Guard.
He thanked the New Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankhan, for his leadership.