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Africa’s Peace, Security, Our Priority – U.S

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 12:48 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anthonia Soyingbe Lagos

The United States has reaffirmed her commitments to promote peace and security in Africa.

Addressing an online press conference during the LiveAtState on U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa  on Wednesday,  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield? said daily killings by extremists in the continent require efforts to address.

She said AFRICOM is working closely with African partners to curb activities of the extremists.

“Promoting peace and security in Africa is one of our top priorities, and it’s vital to all of the efforts we make in partnership with people and the governments of Africa, whether we are supporting democracy and good governance, deepening our economic ties, or promoting opportunity and sustainable development.

“Working across the U.S. Government, our peace and security efforts focus on three broad components:  It’s peacekeeping and the prevention of additional conflicts, strengthening the security sector in partner states, and countering terrorism and other international threats.  And like most of you, we are concerned that growing extremist violence undermines the peace and stability that Africa needs to thrive and to prosper.  We are committed to assisting African countries as they build their capacity to counter terrorism,”Greenfield stated while answering questions on AFRICOM’s efforts in sustaining democracy in Africa.

She said that the U.S through AFRICOM would continue to focus on democracy and governance across Africa.

“It is one of the highest priorities and it is part of our mission for the Africa Bureau to continue to support those efforts.  So we do support democracy and governance, as you saw in the recent intense and robust  involvement that we had in supporting civil society, in supporting the electoral commission to do its job in Nigeria, and we will continue to support those efforts.