Defense Minister Brownie Samukai
Samukai Pledges AFL Support To Battle Terrorism
By Ballah Kollie
MONROVIA, August 22 (LINA) - Defense Minister Brownie Samukai has assured his Nigerian counterpart, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, of the support of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in combating terrorism in Africa.
Samukai told his Nigerian colleague that the fight against terrorism is not the sole responsibility of a particular country, but one that requires the collective efforts of every African country backed by the United Nations.
He was speaking at the weekend when Nigerian Defense Minister Dan-Ali paid him a courtesy visit at Barclay Training Center in Monrovia.
In remarks, Dan-Ali said “the need for further cooperation between countries in the sub-region cannot be over emphasized, especially in the wake of the increased terrorist activities in the sub-region.
In furtherance of efforts to respond to the training assistance of the AFL, Nigeria recently deployed military officers to the ECOWAS Advisory Team.
“I assure you that we are committed to the training and development of the new Armed Forces of Liberia under our bilateral security agreement and in line with your Security Sector Reform,” Dan-Ali told his Liberian counterpart.
He expressed admiration for the achievements made by the Unity Party-led government, adding, “On arrival, I noticed the significant efforts made by the government in reconstructing the country once ravaged by the civil war."
He continued: "I must commend the government and people of Liberia for healing the wounds of the war within the shortest time.”
He also commended the Government of Liberia for the National Memorial Program held in honor of the late Nigerian General Suraj Abdurrahman, former Chief of Staff of the Liberian Army, who died last year.
The late Chief of Staff served the country from 2009 to 2014.
While in Liberia, he led the transformation and training of the new AFL, exploring training opportunities for the force.