YESTERDAY MARKED A historic day in the operation and life of the restructured Armed Forces of Liberia, as the first peacekeepers of the force returned home after a successful peacekeeping mission to that country. This was the country’s second peacekeeping mission after many decades when it first took part in similar mission in Congo.
THE LIBERIAN BATTALION in Mali left Liberia in June of last year, as part of the ECOWAS force under the African-led International support mission in Mali. They later joined UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
THEIR SAFE RETURN yesterday was graced with joy at the Roberts International Airport (RIA)as the AFL soldiers were received during a ceremony attended by a delegation headed by Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai for their hard work in helping to keep peace in that country.
DURING THE OCCASION in Mali recently, all of the foreign battalions working along with the Liberian soldiers spoke highly of the performance of the AFL soldiers and how happy they were to have them on board.
IN HIS WORDS, Lt. Col. Mohammad Zakaria, Chief of Operations, Bangladesh Battalion, “I would like to point out that the Liberian soldiers are very professional and easy to work with and it is an honor and privilege to work with them,” he asserted.
FOR HIS PART, Defense Minister, Samukai said at this time that the government is committed in supporting the MINUSMA effort in bringing peace and stability to that part of the region, the occasion was to recognize them for their hard hope, hoping that they be a motivation to their colleagues back home, some of whom formed the replacement that departed yesterday.
AS THE AFL peacekeepers returned home yesterday after a successful mission to Mali, we hail them for ably representing this country and also for projecting positive image of Liberia, a country that was once viewed negatively in the eyes of the international community because of the years of civil conflict.
THE LEVEL OF professionalism exhibited during their stay in that country has sent a positive signal out there that indeed, the country has a well trained and professional army that is always prepared to perform to expectation to bring pride to the nation.
LET THE NEW army that went through vigorous activities and training after a scrupulous vetting and recruitment exercises, continue to work to expectation and be people-oriented and of great service to this country. We also hail the Liberian Government through the Defense Ministry and its partners for producing a professional and trained army.
AS THE NEW troops replace their colleagues, we urge them to emulate the good examples of their colleagues to serve as good ambassadors for Liberia while on such international mission, so that at the end of their mission, it would be said, “’well done that good and faithful servants.”