United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has praised the efforts of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia for the tremendous progress made thus far in combating the Ebola virus disease. “You have done a tremendous job, Madam President, with your team to bring us to a place today where we can see with some confidence that things are getting better,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said; but warned that there is still a lot of work to be done. She urged Liberians not to change the practices that have been put in place to ensure that this disease is conquered.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield, head of a 10-member U.S. delegation in Liberia, made the comments during a joint press stakeout along with President Sirleaf and her colleague, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Mr. Michael Lumpkin in the Foyer of the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. They are on a three-day visit to assess the current state of Liberia’s fight against the Ebola virus disease, specifically U.S. support to the fight.
She particularly recognized the efforts of the U.S. military alongside the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) especially the coordination between the two militaries to address this problem. She used the opportunity to pledge the U.S. Government’s support in addressing Liberia’s humanitarian and development challenges. “I can commit that we will continue to work with the Liberian Government as it moves into the recovery and reconstruction phases,” she confirmed, noting that it’s going to be a huge challenge not only for Liberia but other countries in the sub-region effected by the Ebola virus disease, noting that the U.S. Government would possibly undertake a regional approach in dealing with the reconstruction issues.
Also making comments, Assistant Secretary of Defense Lumpkin said, though the U.S. military and the Department of Defense is only a piece of the whole of the U.S. Government’s response in support of Liberia and to end the scourge of Ebola, the progress made so far is outstanding. “The team work between the U.S. Government, our international partners with the Government of Liberia is stunning,” he admitted, but noted that there is still much more work to be done and they at the Department of Defense looks forward to supporting the United States Aid for International Development (USAID) and the whole of the U.S. and Liberian Governments in its efforts.