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China grant Armed Forces of Liberia $US3m

Patrick Flomo/Joseph T. Koon

( January 19, 2015)- The Chinese government says it is committed to assisting Liberia strengthen its security sector to enhance professional performance.

Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, said his government attaches importance to Liberia’s security challenges and assured China’s continued support and cooperation to beef up the sector.

Ambassador Yue recounted the excellent China-Liberia relations over the years, particularly in the areas of health, education, security and infrastructure development, among others.

He spoke Wednesday, January 15, 2015 at the signing ceremony of a Three million United States Dollar grant between China and Liberia at the Defense Ministry in Monrovia.

The Chinese Diplomat said: “The grant is in furtherance of the strong bilateral ties that have existed between the two countries for the past decades.”

“The agreement is the most meaningful gift from the Chinese people to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) amidst the fight against Ebola in Liberia,” he noted.

In remarks, Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Joseph Johnson, lauded the Government and People of China for the gesture and assured that the money will be expended for the intended purpose.

Deputy Minister Johnson said: “China has always demonstrated its political goodwill to Liberia within the context of diplomatic expediency during and after crisis.”
At the signing ceremony, Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue, signed for his government, while Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Joseph Johnson, signed on behalf of the Liberian government.

Under the agreement, the three million United States Dollar grant will exclusively be used by the Armed Forces of Liberia to procure military equipment and logistics.
The money was provided by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

During the ceremony, the Liberian government also conferred the Distinguished Service Order upon outgoing Defense Attache, Senior Colonel, Zhan Xizang, at the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia.


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