GABORONE, Botswana, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / –
On a November 21-23 visit to Botswana, the Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), General Stephen J. Townsend, met with the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, the Honorable Dr. Lemogang Kwape, and senior military members of the government. of Botswana to promote the strong partnership between Botswana and the United States. AFRICOM is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and is responsible for all US Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation in Africa.
General Townsend thanked the Botswana leadership for their invaluable contribution to the SADC Mission in Mozambique. He commended Botswana for its exemplary leadership in requesting a SADC assistance mission in Mozambique and demonstrating its commitment by contributing a strong contingent of the Botswana Defense Forces (BDF) to the operation.
General Townsend also spoke about strengthening the security partnership between the United States and Botswana with bilateral and multilateral training, educational opportunities for military personnel, and preparation for responding to humanitarian crises in southern Africa. General Townsend and Lieutenant General Placid Segokgo, commander of the BDF, discussed disaster, humanitarian and crisis responses and explored ways to enhance inter-military engagement to strengthen bilateral responses to emergencies.
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