Seychelles asks US for security assistance

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US Africa Command concluded a week-long US Department of State- led survey in the Republic of Seychelles on Friday to address security concerns impacting island residents

The Southern African development Community member state has asked the US to assist it with maritime safety, security and surveillance in light of a growing piracy threat in its waters, Africom reports on its web site.

During the assessment, team members reviewed everything from airfield and air traffic control security to sanitation in local restaurants.

The team also examined lodging and force protection issues for any potential US members working on the island in support of a collaborative effort with the Seychellois government.