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U.S Charge d’ Affaires Lauds Defense Ministry’s Apolitical Approach

The Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy near Monrovia, Catherine Rodriguez, has expressed her satisfaction over the apolitical approach being exhibited by the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

“I am very impressed on hearing that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) is an apolitical institution, Madam Rodriguez intimated, during a working visit to Liberia’s Defense Minister and other top defense officials, at the Ministry of National Defense on Monday, 28 August 2023.

Madam Rodriguez further stated, “AFL is very fortunate to have a fantastic arrangement with the Michigan National Guard, and look forward to continuing said relationship.”

She further hinted that an election that is recognized by the international community is in Liberia’s best interest.

Also speaking, Minister Ziankahn welcomed Madam Rodriguez to the Ministry, and elaborated on the great partnership the Liberian Government has with the US Government, ranging from assisting Liberia’s Defense Sector with Operational and Tactical trainings and logistical support, as well as intelligence sharing geared towards regional security stability.

Honorable Ziankahn assured the United States Government that the AFL will continue to be apolitical at all times.

He informed Madam Rodriguez that the AFL is working with other security apparatuses of Liberia’s joint security to ensure that Liberia has an apolitical joint security sector.

The Chief of Staff of the AFL, Maj. Gen. Prince C. Johnson, III, on behalf of the men and women in arms, thanked Madam Rodriguez for the visit, and informed her that the AFL looks forward to continuing the existing relationship between Liberia and the United States of America. 

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