Unites States Ambassador Christine Elder
US Envoy Shows Confidence In Liberia’s Security
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, August 11 (LINA) – Unites States Ambassador Christine Elder has said the taking over of security responsibilities from the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ebola response and the closeout of Operation Onward Liberty is a clear demonstration that the country is prepared to handle its own security.
“Long before the turnover of security responsibilities from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the country’s security apparatus had continued to serve the country’s security needs,” she stressed.
The US Ambassador made the statement at a closeout ceremony of Operation Onward Liberty (OOL) held Thursday at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia.
The US Ambassador described the implementation of OOL as a success and a visible example of U.S. Security cooperation with Liberia, adding U.S. cooperation with Liberia long existed and will continue afterward.
She recalled that at the height of the Ebola outbreak in the country, there were over 3,000 U.S. Military personnel in Liberia assisting the government to fight the spread of the disease under “Operation United Assistance.”
According to her, US assistance was instrumental in breaking the chain of transmission as well as aided the country’s medical response capabilities in curbing two outbreaks of the Ebola Virus Disease.
She then lauded personnel of the Michigan National Guard for professionally mentoring and advising officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia, promising further cooperation with the Liberian military.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brig/General Daniel Ziankahn, has praised the mentorship of the U.S. Army’s Michigan National Guard pledging to improve on the foundation of the OOL program in a bid to further improve the country’s military.