MOGADISHU, Somalia — The new commander of the U.S. Africa Command Gen. Stephen J. Townsend has hailed Djibouti’s role in restoring security and peace in Somalia.
Gen. Townsend highlighted the important contributions of Djibouti’s AMISOM peacekeepers in Somalia, noting that “through their efforts under challenging conditions”,
Djibouti has contributed significantly to security in the region, he said.
Gen. Stephen Townsend has made his first trip to the African continent since taking command on July 26, 2019.
Gen. Townsend met with Djibouti senior defense officials after arriving in Djibouti to attend meetings at Camp Lemonnier, said in a statement released by US Africom command.
Gen. Stephen Townsend says its relationship with Djibouti is based on mutual interests, goals, and a shared concern about the security and stability of the region.
He added, “We value our relationship with our Djiboutian partners and their positive role and commitment to making the region safer.”
Townsend thanked Djibouti for its continued long-standing support in hosting Camp Lemonnier.
Gen. Townsend was joined in his consultations by U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti Larry E. André. “Our two countries’ security forces enjoy excellent cooperation,” remarked Ambassador André, “and this cooperation enhances our rich bilateral relationship.”