The Arab Republic of Egypt has reconfirmed her bilateral relations with Liberia, and has vowed to increase support to Liberia, most especially the security sector.
Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs, Amb. Mohamed Edrees, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday in their UN Drive office that President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi of Egypt has expressed commitment to remain a ‘true partner’ with Liberia, a partnership that started in 1957.
Amb. Edrees announced that most of Egypt’s support is capacity building, and that at least 900 security officers and civilians could benefit.
He stated that the Medical Department of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will undertake a specialized and improved medical training in Cairo, Egypt, in February 2017, and would be followed by technical training for Liberia National Police (LNP) officers, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), and other security agencies.
The Egyptian Special Envoy said there would also be “civilian training in several areas, including agriculture, energy, water management, judiciary and scholarships for Liberians to earn Master’s and PhD degrees.”
Amid Liberia’s transitional period marked by the 2017 presidential and general elections, Amb. Edrees said Egypt would provide the necessary support based on their assessment of the situation.
He mentioned that Egypt and Liberia, last Friday, signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs). He signed on behalf of the Egyptian Government, while Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara signed for Liberia.
Meanwhile, Atty. George K. Saah, Director of Media Relations in the office of Vice President Joseph Boakai, said the Egyptian Envoy, accompanied by Egyptian Ambassador to Liberia Alaa Issa, met V.P. Boakai on Capitol Hill and discussed a wide range of issues pertinent to the longstanding ties subsisting between the two countries.
Atty. Saah said the Egyptian Envoy described his visit as “a mission of solidarity” aimed at consolidating the friendship between the two nations.
In his welcome remarks to Ambassador Edrees, the Vice President said Egypt has been involved in Liberia’s health, agriculture and other areas of national development, and Liberia is proud of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Vice President Boakai briefed the Egyptian Envoy on the gains that the nation has made under this administration and pointed out that Liberia is headed for a historic democratic transition in 2017 and would require the input of all its friends to ensure a smooth transition.