President Sirleaf in a group photo with US Ambassador, AFL officials, Defense Minister among others
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds U.S. Gov’t For Support To AFL
MONROVIA, July 13 (LINA) -The Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has lauded the Government of the United States of America for its numerous support to the Liberian Army.
She made the commendation Tuesday during the turnover of 20 Land-cruiser pickups and two Boston Whaler Boats, spare parts and assorted equipment by the United States Government to boost the operations of the AFL.
The turnover ceremony was held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC)
President Sirleaf said the donation was timely and came at a time when the Government of Liberia was looking into its budget to amend the logistical needs of Liberian peacekeepers in the Republic of Mali.
The Liberian leader said the pick-ups will enable the AFL to conduct routine security operations and reinforce its participation in the reconstruction of feeder roads across country.
She congratulated Ambassador Christine Elder for always being strategic in her approach to Liberia, adding, “Madam Ambassador, your arrival is strategic.”
She thanked the United States government for its continued support to the Armed Forces of Liberia, the government and people of Liberia.
Presenting the keys to the military vehicles and other equipment, Ambassador Elder said it was her pleasure to officially hand over 18 Land-cruiser pick-ups, two Land-cruiser maintenance vehicles, and two Whaler Boats to the Armed Forces of Liberia.
She said the United States of America has a long and continuing relationship with the Armed Forces of Liberia, adding: “We were heavily involved with demobilizing the old AFL and actively participated in the training of about 2,000 men and women from across the country and assisting in providing mentorship and training to the new AFL.”
The United States envoy applauded government’s commitment in contributing to peacekeeping internationally.
She pointed out that in order to support the AFL’s upcoming rotation of a contingent to the MINUSMA Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, the U.S. Government is providing as a permanent donation a 10,000 litter water truck, a 50,000 litre/day water purification unit and a mobile kitchen trailer.
She said several of the Land-cruisers are likely to be deployed in Mali.
Ambassador Elder pointed out that based on the partnership, the U.S Government will continue its support through the Embassy’s Office of
Security Cooperation, focusing on five main areas: Defense Institution Strengthening, Engineer Support, Professional Development, Maritime Security and Medical Readiness.
Ambassador Elder also indicated, among other things, that the U .S. will help establish systems to monitor the integrity of the Armed Forces of Liberia, assist with force management and maintenance policies, develop basic clinical and laboratory facilities and provide training for the AFL.
She thanked the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia and assured Defense officials of the U.S. Government’s continued support to Liberia.