The United States will grant Liberia $10 million in emergency assistance to help the financially strapped seven-month-old government toward economic stability. The grant boosts emergency U.S. aid to this West African country since a bloody military coup in April to nearly $28 million.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Richard Moose said his second trip to Monrovia in a month was to ensure that Liberia's military government is "serious" about a rigid austerity program announced here two weeks ago before approving more U.S. aid.
Moose acknowledged to reporters that the U.S. government is concerned about the future of several strategic electronic installations in Liberia.
Moose also said the United States, which has enjoyed close ties with Liberia for decades, is "concerned" about Monrovia's growing ties with radical, oil-rich Libya as it seeks a way out of its present economic dilemma.
In an hour-long meeting with Liberia's military head of state, Master Sgt. Samuel Doe, Moose said he assured the 29-year-old leader that Liberia did not have to seek aid from the government of Col. Muammar Qaddafi.
"I wanted him to understand it was not necessary for them to obligate themselves to Libya out of financial concerns," Moose said.
"The Liberians are, however, well aware of the Libyan activities" in other parts of Africa and the Middle East, he said. "I didn't feel it was necessary for me to give him [Doe] a lecture" on Libya, Moose said.