Liberia’s Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai says the United Kingdom (UK) remains a strong partner in the professional development of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Defense Minister Samukai further stated that the Liberian people are grateful to the Government and people of the UK seconding active duty military professionals over the years and particularly, Colonel Henry Joynson who is currently mentoring the Armed Forces of Liberia. Samukai also thanked the Government of the UK for its continual supports to Liberia in its reconstruction drive after fourteen years of civil war, which ruined every of the Country.
Minister Samukai made these assertions when the United Kingdom’s Ambassador, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet and his Defense Military Attaché, Commander Sam Seaward at the UK Embassy accredited this capitol, paid him a courtesy call at his BTC office on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
Elaborating further, the Minister informed the UK Ambassador that the AFL is in transition in preparation of 2014 Liberianization of the hierarchy of the AFL as declared by Commander-in-Chief, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during her 2008 February 11, Armed Forces Day address.
Regarding UNMIIL’s transition the Minister of Defense said the Government of Liberia remains on track with the process within the entire Liberian Security Sector. Commenting on the security situation at the Liberian-Ivorian border, Minister Samukai confirmed the deployment of a segment of the AFL under the operation code name “Operation Restore hope II”, with the hope of enhancing security at the border.
Touching on training opportunities for personnel of the ALL at the Horton Military Academy in Sierra Leone, Samukai praised the UK and the Leonean Governments for their contribution to the human resource development within the AFL. He added that such opportunity serves as sign of genuine sub-regional collaborative effort aimed at enhancing security cooperation between Liberia and Sierra Leone.
For his part the UK Ambassador, Fergus Cochranc-Dyet thanked the Minister for his insightful briefings and assured Minister Sarnukai that the United Kingdom remains supportive of the Liberian Security Sector in general and the Defense sector in particular.