The Minister National Defense Minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has assured the head of the U.S. Military delegation to Liberia of his Ministry’s preparedness to collaborate with them in the discharge of their duties while in the country.
The U.S Military team is expected in the country shortly to form part of the medical and other segments that are in the fight together to contain the deadly Ebola virus sweeping across the country.
Minster Samukai gave the assurance at this Barclay Training Center (BTC) office in Monrovia yesterday, when a U.S. delegation, headed by Major General Darryl Williams, paid a courtesy call on him and his staff.
Maj/Gen Darryl Williams was appointed by President Barrack Obama earlier this week to command the 3000- strong U.S. Army contingent to join Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in their fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
According to Minister Samukai, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will work closely with the U.S. Military in their efforts to ensure the success of the fight against the deadly EVD that has dealt a crippling effect in every sector of the Liberian Society.
For his part, M/Gen Williams expressed the U.S. Military’s willingness to work with the Liberian people, adding, “We have not come to take over, but to work with you, for you and through you.”
The renowned military U.S. officer acknowledged the toughness of the task ahead in the fight against the Ebola virus.
He, however, expressed optimistic that the fight against Ebola is surmountable, noting that this is a tough enemy, but with united efforts, we can defeat this common enemy.
In a related development, US Ambassador Deborah Malac, who accompanied M/Gen Williams to Minister Samukai’s office yesterday, assured the Defense authorities of the United States Government’s fullest commitment to the restoration of sanity to Liberia in the face of the Ebola fight.
“We look forward to the Liberian people for a positive partnership in the battle against Ebola.”