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The U.S. and Liberia have had a longstanding special relationship, strengthened by the founding of the country by freed American slaves in the 1840s, and the development of economic links in the first part of the twentieth century. A security relationship that began during World War II, including guaranteed access to Roberts Field and the port of Monrovia. In the 1980s, Roberts Field was an important transit and storage point for US official supply flights to Central and Southern Africa. A Voice of America relay and important diplomatic and intelligence electronic facilities were establishmed in Liberia during the Cold War. Liberia ranked during the first half of the 1980s as the top per capita recipient of US aid to Africa.


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