CAR Minister of Defence and Africom praise strengthened defence ties


Ambassador Andrew Young, US Africa Command’s (Africom’s) deputy commander for civil-military engagement, spoke with the Central African Republic’s (CAR’s) Minister of Defence Marie-Noelle Koyara last month.

The Ambassador congratulated Minister Koyara on the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the United States which provides a framework to assess progress in establishing accountability, transparency, and good governance regarding the use of US assistance in the justice and security sectors, Africom said on 4 December.

The two also discussed issues of common interest, including security in CAR’s upcoming elections, expansion of US-CAR military engagements such as military enlisted corps professional development, and deepening security cooperation with the Central African Republic.

“US Africa Command assists our partners in building responsible security and defence capabilities,” said Young. “Right now, the government and military of the Central African Republic are working together with US counterparts to identify the next steps to strengthen our ties. Together, we look forward to finding those common areas where we can help improve security on behalf of the people in this nation.”

Recalling his previous visits to the Central African Republic, Young concluded his call with Minister Koyara with a Sango phrase of thanks “Singuila Mingi.”