AFRICOM: Tackling Challenges and Fostering Partnerships in Africa
ROME – Commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. Marine Corps General Michael Langley, addressed the media in a press briefing held on the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. He mentioned his priorities for his tenure, major regional safety challenges in Africa, and his participation inside the 2023 African Chiefs of Defense Conference.
General Langley started by expressing his condolences to the households of the three Somali National Army members who perished in a helicopter crash earlier this week. He emphasised that this tragic incident serves as a reminder of the real bills inside the battle towards terrorism.
AFRICOM’s mission helps the U.S. National Security Strategy, which acknowledges Africa as a geopolitical pressure. The U.S. is dedicated to working with African companions in a obvious and inclusive method to attain collective safety and stabilization ambitions.
Reflecting on the African Leaders Summit final December and the current Chiefs of Defense Conference, Langley famous the magnitude of powerful U.S.-Africa relations for a shared future. He highlighted the 3D strategy taken by AFRICOM in its partnerships, specializing in diplomacy by the U.S. State Department, growth by USAID, and protection as charged to him by the Department of Defense.
In addressing challenges corresponding to countering the unfold of violent extremist organizations and enhancing collective maritime capability, AFRICOM will proceed to concentrate on strengthening present companions and constructing new ones.
Langley additionally supplied insights on the continuing Flintlock and African Lion workouts, which purpose to construct capability and interoperability to handle safety challenges. He touched on the safety scenario inside the Horn of Africa, expressing cautious optimism concerning the progress made by the Somali Government towards al-Shabaab and the delicate peace inside the Ethiopia Tigray battle.
Additionally, he emphasised the function of Djibouti inside the stabilization of Somalia. Djibouti, alongside different regional gamers corresponding to Ethiopia and Kenya, helps Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s countrywide goal of disrupting and deterring al-Shabaab and their illicit movements inside Somalia.