Samukai Applauds S. Africa-Liberia Relations

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The Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, has described South Africa (SA) as a continental power capable of playing a positive role to enhance the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

Samukai expressed gratitude to the government and people of South Africa for contributing to the funding that laid the administrative foundation for Liberia’s defense sector reform which began in 2006, a release from the Ministry of Defense said.

He further recounted South Africa’s role which was pivotal in the creation of a secure environment for Liberia dating back to 2003.

The minister in remarks during the South African Ambassador Vana Palan’s visit said that the country’s defense sector will tap into the rich experience of that country’s military, adding that he looks up to South Africa for cooperation that would enhance the AFL.

Minister Samukai made these remarks on Thursday, November 10, when Ambassador Palan paid him a courtesy call at his Barclay Training Center office in Monrovia.

The two officials expressed common interest in the areas of technical cooperation, continental security related matters and women’s promotion

Ambassador Vana Palan applauded Minister Samukai for what he described as the warm African hospitality accorded him during his visit.

According to the Ambassador, his courtesy call on Minister Samukai was to strengthen the subsisting cordial cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries, adding that “Cooperation is the way forward and diminishes mistrust between partners.”

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