Wednesday, July 17, 2024
 
 

Pompeo starts tour of Africa

EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the State Department will not renew sanction waivers for countries importing Iranian oil at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA, 22 April 2019. The increased pressure on Iran comes nearly one year after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Pompeo also spoke briefly on the terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka.

- Advertisement -

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US is working to determine what level of military forces is needed in West Africa to counter the rise of extremist violence in the region.
Following his visit to Senegal, Pompeo said he discussed the issue of the US military presence in West Africa with president Macky Sall amid reports that Washington intends to reduce troops in Africa.
“We did have a lot of conversation about security issues here, about America’s role in those. We’ve made it clear that the Department of Defense is looking at West Africa to make sure we have our force levels right. I was here as CIA director, so I know these security issues very, very well. We’ll get it right, we’ll get it right collectively; I’m convinced of that”, Pompeo told reporters.
“We have an obligation to get security right here, in the region – it’s what will permit economic growth and we’re determined to do that. And I’m convinced that when our review is done, we’ll have a conversation with not just Senegal, but all the countries in the region. We’ll deliver an outcome that works for all of us”, he added.
Senegal’s Foreign Minister Amadou Ba reiterated the country’s as well as the region’s hope for continued military support from the US: “We hope they will continue to support us in training and intelligence. This was discussed with the president of the republic”, he told reporters.
Pompeo left Senegal to go to Angola. After that he will travel to Ethiopia, as Washington seeks to counter the growing interest of China, Russia and other global powers in Africa. As a result of the billions of dollars in loans granted by China for infrastructure projects, Senegal has become Africa’s largest debt holder.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe to our newsletter

Latest

Policies on Deforestation Show Europe’s Internal Splits

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once famously...

NATO Summit: “Trump-proofing” Ukraine support while Biden appearances under a microscope

The July 9-11 NATO Summit was originally envisioned as...

Russia failing to replace lucrative European gas deliveries with sales to China

Russia’s attempts to build the Power of Siberia 2...

Astana SCO Summit reaffirms its growing geopolitical role

The 24th summit of the Council of Heads of...

Don't miss

Policies on Deforestation Show Europe’s Internal Splits

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once famously...

NATO Summit: “Trump-proofing” Ukraine support while Biden appearances under a microscope

The July 9-11 NATO Summit was originally envisioned as...

Russia failing to replace lucrative European gas deliveries with sales to China

Russia’s attempts to build the Power of Siberia 2...

Astana SCO Summit reaffirms its growing geopolitical role

The 24th summit of the Council of Heads of...

Uzbekistan: A Key Player in the (Central Asian) Great Game

Uzbekistan has had considerable success in attracting billions of...

Washington orders new sanctions against Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa

 On May 30, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ordered new sanctions measures to counter Russia’s destabilizing activities in...

G7 Italy 2024 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Addressing Global Challenges, Fostering Partnerships

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the...

Kremlin disinformation efforts in Africa illuminated

The U.S. State Department released a report detailing Kremlin disinformation activities and operatives in Africa on February 12 entitled “The Kremlin’s Efforts to Spread...

Why Africa must be concerned about nuclear threats in Europe

Russia's threat to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus, a close ally of the Kremlin, in response to Finland's membership in NATO has,...

Africa will watch the DRC’s elections with bated interest

2023 and 2024 are going to be busy years as far as elections in Africa are concerned. About two dozen elections will occur in...

Nairobi Declaration calls for global tax on fossil fuel trade, maritime transport, aviation

As the curtains came down at the Africa Climate Summit (ACS23), heads of state and government adopted the Nairobi Declaration, calling on world leaders...

Private military companies continue to expand in Africa

In the wake of the July 26 coup in Niger, the world’s spotlight has once again turned to the expansion of private military and...

The struggle for environmental justice in Africa

The struggle for environmental justice in Africa is complex and broad. It is the continuation of the fight for the liberation of the continent...