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Latvia army fosters bilateral relationship with AFL

The Chief of Staff, and Deputy Chief of Defense of Latvia Armed Forces, Brigadier General Imants Ziedins, has proposed the establishment of a tripartite military to military relationship among the Michigan National Guard, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Latvia.

The Ministry of Defense in Monrovia said in a press release Wednesday, 9 February 2022 General Ziedins further stated that when enhanced through a Memorandum of Understanding, the relationship will seek the establishment of a Non- Commissioned Officers Academy in Liberia.

The release said the Non- Commissioned Officers Academy will not just cater to the training needs of personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia, but also other military in the sub-region.

Brigadier General Ziedins lauded personnel of the AFL who performed excellently during last year’s Northern Strike Exercise that took place in Michigan, the United States of America.

While in Monrovia, he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of National Defense, Major General Daniel D. Ziankahn, Jr.,(Rtd), on Wednesday and expressed his country’s military willingness to strengthen the relationship with its Liberian counterpart.

General Ziedins stressed that such a relationship will benefit the two sisterly institutions and its people.

According to him, the relationship will also enhance experience sharing, the provision of training in maritime security, peacekeeping as well as carrying out joint training at the operational and tactical levels.

General Ziedins praised Liberia’s Defense Minister for his astute leadership in superintending the affairs of the Armed Forces of Liberia and the Ministry of National Defense.

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Responding, the Defense Boss Gen. Ziankahn welcomed Brigadier General Imants Ziedins and his team to Liberia, especially for accepting the invitation extended to him to participate in this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration.

Minister Ziankahn also welcomed the partnership between the Armed Forces of Liberia and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Latvia. 

He further appealed to Brigadier General Ziedins to second some active-duty soldiers to assist the AFL in its pre-deployment training for its peacekeeping missions.

In a related development, Major General Paul D. Rogers of the Michigan National Guard also paid an acquaintance visit to the Minister of National Defense, Gen. Ziankahn. 

Major General Rogers said his visit was also intended to establish bilateral ties between the AFL and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Latvia in order to foster military to military cooperation between the two countries and to discuss ways in which the Michigan National Guard can harness its support to the 14 Military Hospital.

The Michigan National Guard and the Armed Forces of Liberia partnership was established in 2009. Michigan and Liberia began their first cooperation together under the SPP in 2010. 

The partnership, led by Major General Rogers, improves the AFL’s capabilities by regularly exchanging best practices and providing opportunities to participate in multinational exercises via Michigan National Guard sponsorship. 

The AFL has also benefited from several logistical supports and training opportunities from the Michigan National Guard.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/u-s-general-on-improving-afls-capabilities/–Press release

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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