Governments of Senegal and U.S. Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement

Ambassador James Zumwalt and Foreign Affairs Minister Mankeur Ndiaye Senegal sign the Defense Cooperation Agreement (Photo US Embassy

The Government of the United States and the Government of the Republic of Senegal signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement on May 2, 2016 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The U.S government was represented by Ambassador James P. Zumwalt while the Government of Senegal was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mankeur Ndiaye.

The signing of the Defense Cooperation Agreement reflects the many security interests shared by both countries. These shared interests, and the benefits of close U.S.-Senegal defense cooperation, include regular joint military training exercises, but also the ability to respond to crises, whether outbreak of disease, natural disaster or terrorist attack.  A practical example of this cooperation was Senegal’s decision to allow access to Senegalese facilities for military aircraft to transport U.S. military troops, health care workers and supplies to Liberia.  This collaboration helped control the 2014 Ebola outbreak stopping a cross-border threat to both Senegal and the international community.

The new bilateral agreement will facilitate a closer relationship between the two militaries and will provide the legal foundation to enable a broad range of joint defense-related activities, strategically enhancing our security partnership and allowing the United States to respond quickly and effectively to emerging crises.

“Senegal is one of our most important partners in West Africa.  Our shared commitment to democracy, security, and prosperity forms the bedrock of this close partnership,” said Ambassador Zumwalt.  “Today represents another important step in our friendship and ensures that we will continue to closely collaborate on shared security interests.”