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Nigerien Armed Forces and US Air Force Discuss Regional Security

The commander of the US Air Force’s 409th Expeditionary Group, Colonel Kevin Lee, and the Commander of Zone Two of the Niger Armed Forces Command, Colonel Abdoulaye Ango hold a roundtable discussion on July 12, 2022.

The discussions followed the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Command Change Ceremony and covered topics such as the strong relationship between United States military forces and the Nigerien Armed Forces, as well as shared security interests within the Agadez community.

“There is a good relationship with American troops and a lot of action to help local people in Agadez,” said Agadez Governor Magagi Maman Dada. “We hope the support will continue because there is a lot of insurgency and insecurity in the region and there is a strong need to combat that.”

Building on a strong foundational relationship, the US Air Force prioritizes working with the Nigerian Armed Forces to achieve the common goal of peace and stability in the region.
For Lee, the meeting was important to discuss security topics, share the thoughts and ideas needed to ensure there is a safe, reliable, flexible air power in Northwest Africa and Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, operations critical to the mission’s success.

Ango presented the former commander of the base, US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Christpher Jacobson, an award and certificate of appreciation for his work with the Nigerien Armed Forces for being a good partner and thanks Lee and US Air Force Lt. Col. John M. Barrett, commander of EABS to -724, for their relationship. A follow-up meeting will be arranged to discuss security in the region.

Partnerships in West Africa remain key to countering rising violent extremism in Niger’s tri-border region. Airmen, Guards and Soldiers stationed in Nigerien AB 201 are determined to maintain peacekeeping operations.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the US Embassy in Niger.

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Nigerien Armed Forces and US Air Force Discuss Regional Security

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