In an effort to boost the preparedness of Liberian security forces amidst huge security responsibilities following the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) transition, US Ambassador to Liberia, Christine A. Elder, has reassured her government’s commitment to support the Liberian security sector.
Ambassador Elder indicated that the Embassy’s office of Security Cooperation will support the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) under five security platforms that includes Defense Institution Strengthening, Engineering Support, Professional Development, Maritime Security, and Medical Readiness as part of the US-Liberia partnership. Addressing a handing over ceremony of assorted military equipment to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia yesterday, the US envoy noted that the equipment will assist the AFL better control the coastal waters, contribute to international peacekeeping missions, and protect the people. The US government assorted equipment handed over to the AFL included 18 land cruiser pickups, two land cruiser maintenance vehicles, and two boats for use by the Liberia National Coast Guard (LNCG). Ambassador Elder mentioned that despite enormous challenges the Liberian military faces, the men and women of the AFL continue to professionalize the force to fulfill its mandate to more fully and ably serve and protect the public. She added that the US government as a permanent donation is providing a 10,000 liter water truck, 50,000 liter per day water to support the upcoming AFL’s rotation of contingent to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). “We are helping to establish systems that will monitor the integrity of the Armed Forces, assist with force management and maintenance policies, develop basic clinical and laboratory facilities, provide training for AFL medical personnel, and further develop the engineering battalion”, she said. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, receiving the items on behalf of the government and people of Liberia, expressed appreciation for support to the security sector. She however recounted US support to Liberia’s recovery noting that the country and people will remain grateful.