Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai
Samukai Lauds Egypt For Support To Defense Sector
MONROVIA, November 8 (LINA) - Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has hailed Egyptian support to the Liberian Defense sector over the years.
He cited the award of several scholarships to the Liberian Defense sector at a time when capacity enhancement remains critical to the branding of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a “Force for Good.”
Minister Samukai recalled that relations between the Egyptian Defense sector and Liberia’s are one that transcend bilateral relations and culminates into continental relations.
He made the statement recently when the Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs and Special Envoy, Ambassador Mohamed Edrees, at the head of a two-man delegation, paid him a courtesy visit at his Barclay Training Center office in Monrovia.
Ambassador Edrees was accompanied by the Egyptian Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Alaa Khaira Issa.
Minister Samukai stressed the need for the defense sector of both countries to strive for the common securitization of the African continent through friendly security exchanges, adding, “The AFL and the entire Defense sector are very pleased with the offers that Egypt has made and we will definitely take full advantage of them,”
The two men discussed capacity building, UNMIL transition, regional and continental security concerns, charting a partnership course in the field of medicine between both militaries, and the utilization of technical skills and capacities that Egypt has placed at the advantage of the men and women of the AFL.
In remarks, Ambassador Edrees lauded Minister Samukai and the High Command of the AFL for the leadership being demonstrated.
The Egyptian Envoy expressed optimism that their discussions will further strengthen the ongoing cooperation in the military and security field which is an important aspect of Egypt-Liberia bilateral relations.
“The visit is coming in the context of assessing our support and solidarity with our brothers and sisters here in Liberia,” as demonstrated by non-closure of our embassy dating from 1957,” he stated.