Vice President Boakai Lauds Senegalese Government

Friday, 3rd August 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the Senegalese government for the concern it has shown for the security and general welfare of Liberians over the years.
   
He observed that Senegal has always been among countries contributing troops to help restore peace and sanity to Liberia. “A friend in need is a friend indeed, that is what Senegal has been,” the Vice President said.
   
He commended Senegal for contributing troops towards the United Nations Mission in Liberia in 2003, and recalled the pivotal role the Senegalese ECOMOG troops played in restoring peace to Monrovia in 1992, when the defunct NPFL launched its “Operation Octopus” to capture the city by force of arms.
   
Vice President Boakai made the remarks Thursday, when the visiting Inspector-General of the Senegalese Armed Forces, Brigadier General Bakary Seck, accompanied by the Air Force, Navy and Engineering commanders of the Senegalese Armed Forces, paid a courtesy call on him at his Sinkor office.
   
The Liberian Vice President lauded Senegalese President Abdullai Wadd for the friendly posture he has maintained towards Liberia, and hoped the cordial ties between the two countries would continue to grow from strength to strength.
   
He thanked Senegalese UNMIL troops for the sacrificial services, including medical assistance; they were rendering residents of Maryland.
   
Briefing the Vice President earlier, Inspector-General Seck said he was in the country to assess the operational level of Senegalese troops in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
   
He said he would visit Harper, Webbo and Pleebo in Maryland County, where some 600 Senegalese troops are stationed before returning to Senegal on Sunday.
   
General Seck was also accompanied to the Vice President’s office by Deputy Defense Minister Dionysius Sebwe and the Commander of the Senegalese Contingent of UNMIL, Colonel Libasse.