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Liberia, France exchange diplomatic notes on security

Joseph T. Koon
Flashback of Foreign Minister Kamara in chat with Foreign Diplomats
Flashback of Foreign Minister Kamara in chat with Foreign Diplomats

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The French Government has pledged its commitment to strengthen cooperation with Liberia to beef-up its security sector amidst the global threat of terrorism.

French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, said: “Though there is no specific or immediate threat against Liberia, the country could be a soft target considering its relations with perceived enemies as was done in the case of the attack at Grand-Bassam in Côte d’Ivoire.”

Ambassador Godeau praised the excellent relations among the Mano River Union countries in recent times, citing intelligence information sharing as critical in the fight against terrorism, money laundering, and other criminal acts in the sub-region.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, Ambassador Godeau, made the commitment recently when he paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara, in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

He extolled the Liberian Government for providing security to the French Embassy near Monrovia and for the passage into law the Firearm, Ammunition Act of 2015.

The French Diplomat also expressed hope that French-Liberia relations will continue to grow in the wake of serious terrorist threats against France’s targets around the world.

He noted:” I am grateful to the Liberian Government for providing security to the French Embassy near Monrovia and for the recent passage into law the Firearm, Ammunition Act of 2015.”

“France is in full support of a draft UN Resolution to lift the arms embargo imposed on Liberia as the UN Security Council prepares to adopt said resolution shortly,” Ambassador Godeau said.

Responding, Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara, welcomed the French Ambassador to the Foreign Ministry and hoped that they will continue to meet at regular intervals to discuss issues affecting their respective countries. 

The expressed sympathy and solidarity to the French Government and people on the recent deaths of 15 French citizens on the Egypt Air flight travelling from Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday, May 18 this year.Minister Kamara said: “Liberia is vulnerable amidst terrorism, especially weaknesses in monitoring its borders.”

“I’m grateful for the offer and I am also delighted that you are continuing your collaboration with the heads of our security agencies because Liberia needs the support from all partners, including France,” she emphasized.

 


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