Commander Visits Liberia
The Assistant Commander of US Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, Sunday (December 20, 2009) paid a c courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia.
The meeting between the Liberian President and Gen. Amos covered areas of cooperation between Liberia and the United States Military in the field of training, collaboration on the control of narcotics and support for the Coast Guard as well as Liberia’s Defense Sector Reform.
An Executive Mansion release said the President welcomed Gen. Amos to Liberia and lauded the strong partnership existing between Liberia and the United States.
She praised the United States Government for the support it has provided in helping to restructure the Liberian military. "I look forward to more collaboration between our two countries," the President said.
The US General, the second-ranking officer in the US Marine Corps, also met with Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Ellen Margrethe Loj, and the coordinator of the United Nations Operations in Liberia and UNMIL Force Commander, Lieutenant Gen. Sikander Afzal.
During the meetings, Gen. Amos discussed ways the Marine Corps can support US efforts to assist in maintaining peace and security in Liberia.
Meanwhile, 61 United States Military mentors will arrive in Liberia next month as part of a military-to-military cooperation between the two countries.
Half of the team coming to Liberia is made up of the US Marine Corps, which will help mentor and provide training for the Liberian military.
General Amos is accompanied by Lieutenant Gen. George Flynn, Commanding General of the Marine Cops Combat Development Command; M ajor Gen. Thomas Conant, Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Air Wing, and Brigadier Gen. Jon Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation. The three-day visit is part of a multi-nation tour.
Courtesy: R. Webster Nyian, MOF Webmaster: 06243490