10 March 2017

Liberia: Samukai Speaks of AFL's Professional Development

Brownie J. Samukai Jr., the Minister of National Defense, assures Liberians that the ministry will continue to seek partnership opportunities with Canada for the advancement of Liberia's maritime security.

Min. Samukai noted that from the security perspective, the Liberian Coast Guard is prepared to cooperate with all partner nations in ensuring the safety of the broader West African coastal region with the aim of thwarting 'tragedy of the commons.'

He acknowledged the historical role the Canadian Government and people played over the years with regards to impacting the development of the Liberian defense sector.

Touching on global security concerns, Minister Samukai intimated that the Liberian defense sector remains keen about strengthening relations with its regional and global counterparts in the collective spirit of maintaining global peace and security.

Minister Samukai, according to a release, made the assertions on Thursday, March 9, when Madame Patricia McCullagh, the Canadian Ambassador to Liberia, paid a courtesy call on him at his Barclay Training Center office on UN Drive.

Amb. McCullagh praised Minister Samukai and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) for the professional growth of the force over the years, which, according to the Ambassador, is a product of transformational leadership.

The Ambassador expressed her country's preparedness to work with Liberia within the broad spectrum of collaboration, adding: "Maritime security is of concern, and I hope my country will work closely with Liberia's Ministry of National Defense."

In a related development, Amb. McCullagh has disclosed that a Canadian naval vessel - HMCS MONCTON - is expected to conduct, for the first time, a routine port visit to Monrovia from March 21- 30 as part of a greater exercise within the Gulf of Guinea. The HMCS MONCTON has since March 2 deployed in the Gulf of Guinea region and is currently conducting 'Force Generation' activities with regional nations and allied partners, including Liberia, in order to gain a greater understanding of the pattern of life and recognized maritime picture in the Gulf of Guinea.

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