Authorities of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) and the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) have reaffirmed their commitment to work together to secure Liberia’s 360-mile (580 Km) maritime domain from illegal activities.
An MOD release said the commitment was made by the heads of both entities during their partnership discussions yesterday when Dr. James Kollie, LMA Commissioner, at the head of a four-man delegation paid a courtesy call on Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai at his UN Drive office.
Minister Samukai formally welcomed Commissioner Kollie to his new portfolio as head of LMA and assured him of the Defense Ministry’s preparedness to forge an enduring tie in the realization of both entities’ common objectives. “Your visit to the Defense Ministry has given me the urge to renew the
Defense’s commitment to further continue on the path of cooperation as was with your predecessor,” Minister Samukai said.
Commissioner Kollie paid glowing deference to Minister Samukai, calling him an experienced administrator whose wisdom he will continue to tap on. “The visit of my team here is to strengthen our relations with the MOD and harness our resources for the realization of our common objectives,” said Commissioner Kollie.
It can be recalled that the LMA and the MOD through the Liberian Coast Guard have, over the years, closed ranks to ensure that Liberia’s economic and strategic interests at sea are protected.