2018/03/12 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday Washington was considering lifting a travel ban on Chad, offering an olive branch to a key ally in the fight against Islamist militant groups in West Africa.
The top U.S. diplomat flew into the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, on the last day of a truncated tour of Africa with stop-offs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Nigeria – all frontline partners against Islamic State and al Qaeda off-shoots. Continuer à lire … « U.S. may lift travel ban on ‘important partner’ Chad, Tillerson says »
2018/03/11 – The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:
Secretary Tillerson met with Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh in Djibouti on March 9 to affirm the United States’ commitment to our broad partnership with the Government of Djibouti as it addresses regional political, development, and security challenges. The Secretary thanked President Guelleh for continued security cooperation, which promotes the common economic and security interests of the people of Djibouti and the United States. The Secretary also encouraged President Guelleh and Djibouti to further efforts to make Djibouti a more attractive destination for foreign investment. Continuer à lire … « US/Djibouti : What US Secretary of State Tillerson discussed with Djibouti Gov »
2018/03/08 – The American armed forces are maintaining surveillance over “Chinese encroachment and emergent military presence” in the African country of Djibouti, home to Beijing’s first overseas naval base, the top U.S. commander in the continent told lawmakers. Continuer à lire … « Top Commander in Africa: U.S. ‘Carefully Monitoring’ Chinese Military Presence in Djibouti »
2018/03/08 – The Pentagon has added Niger, Mali and parts of northern Cameroon to the list of areas where U.S. troops receive imminent danger pay while deployed, a move that reflects the evolving dangers in West Africa and follows the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last year.
The decision was outlined in a memo signed Monday by Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The decision was backdated to June 7, meaning the families of the service members killed in Niger and their fellow soldiers will receive back pay for their deployment. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon adds Niger, Mali and parts of Cameroon to areas where U.S. troops receive imminent danger pay »
2018/02/25 – The U.S. ambassador to The Gambia has said that her country would like to see Gambia’s ex-dictator face justice for the crimes allegedly committed during his administration.
In an exclusive with The Point yesterday, Ambassador Patricia Alsup said although extradition is usually a decision between two countries, in this case, Equatorial Guinea and The Gambia, “of course, we would like to see Jammeh brought to justice.” Continuer à lire … « Gambia – U.S. would like to see Jammeh face justice: Ambassador »
2018/02/24 – Under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group of countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad) and the EU, €414 million were mobilised to support the G5 Sahel joint force, and to strengthen coordination and effectiveness of the region’s support for sustainable development. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Sahel: The EU mobilises €414 million in international support »
2018/02/20 – Reports from Israel have revealed details of a $15 billion deal to export 64 billion cubic metres of natural gas over 10 years to Egypt, Arab48.com said on Monday. The agreement, which was signed by the Israeli company Delek Drilling, with its US partner Noble Energy, and Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings, was described by Israeli officials and media as the largest-ever export agreement for the country’s gas industry. Continuer à lire … « Israel signs gas deal with Egypt worth $15b »