Minister Samukai Speaks of AFL’s Technological Enhancement

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Liberia’s Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, has assured Liberians that the Ministry of National Defense will continue to seek opportunities for the technological advancement of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) so as to make the force more responsive to the needs of the Liberian people, whom they have sworn to serve.

Samukai noted that the AFL is under duty-bearing commitment to touch the lives of all Liberians through community-based engagement or civil military operations.

“In our ambition to give a new outlook to the AFL as a ‘force for good,’ we will seek partnership with our counterparts so that the technological capacity, particularly of our Engineers and our Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) Unit, can be boosted,” Samukai said.

In a release, Samukai acknowledged the historical role the Israeli Government and people played over the years with regards to impacting the development of the Liberian defense sector.

On global security concerns, Samukai intimated that the defense sector remains keen about strengthening relations with its regional and global counterparts in the collective spirit aimed at thwarting tragedy of the commons.

He made the assertions on Thursday, August 04, when Ami Mehl, the Israeli Ambassador accredited to Ghana and Liberia, paid a courtesy call on him at his Barclay Training Center office at the United Nations Drive in Monrovia.

During the visit, Ambassador Mehl lauded Minister Samukai and the AFL for the professional growth of the force over the years, which, according to the Ambassador is a product of transformational leadership.

Ambassador Mehl expressed his country’s preparedness to work with Liberia within the broad spectrum of collaboration, adding, “There is (an) open field of cooperation from Israel.”

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