Liberia: U.S. Vows to Preserve Stability

Liberia’s historic partner the United States of America has reiterated its commitment to collaborating with the Administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to preserve peace and security here.

The newly accredited US Ambassador to Liberia Deborah R. Malac says her office is committed to working with the Government of Liberia to preserve peace and stability.

The US Department of State has been spearheading the restructure of the Armed Forces of Liberia, with an American company Dycorp training the first batch of 2,000 soldiers after the restoration of democratic governance in 2005. The US Government in collaboration with other partners is also implementing Security Sector Reform here.

Speaking at a welcome reception held in Monrovia Wednesday in her honor, Ambassador Malac also promised to work with the Liberian authorities to promote economic growth and build institutions that are accountable to the people.

A statement issued by the US Embassy near Monrovia quotes the Ambassador as saying “to that end, we concur with the Liberian government that we must all support the transition from UNIMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia) forces to the Liberian national police and other security forces.”

Ambassador Malac acknowledged that the road ahead will be difficult, but assures that the US remains Liberia’s strong partner and will continue to support and stand alongside Liberia as it has been in the past.

“Through our robust U.S. government assistance programs, administered by USAID, the Department of State and other agencies, we will work with the Liberian government, institutions and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) toward the goals of increasing economic growth, reducing poverty, improving educational opportunities for all Liberians, including girls, and strengthening government entities”, she added.

The US Envoy recalled that the United States and Liberia have a strong and unique relationship that dates back nearly two centuries, and pledged to further strengthen the two countries’ partnership during her tenure in Liberia.

Prior to taking her new assignment to Liberia, Ambassador Malac recalled working in Africa or on African issues at the Department of State for most of her 31-year diplomatic career.

Most recently, she was Director of the Office of East African Affairs, working in an area of the continent that has occupied much of her time in the past seven years.

Notwithstanding, Ambassador Malac said as exciting as those years have been, she had long had a soft spot in heart for West Africa and was therefore honored to be selected by President Barack Obama to come to Liberia, replacing Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield, the first US female envoy to Liberia.

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