U.S. Africa Command visit launches new U.S.-Zambia security cooperation

Building on the foundation of U.S.-Zambia shared security interests, the new Office of Security Cooperation, announced April 25, 2022, will enhance military-to-military relations and expand areas of cooperation in Zambia.



By U.S. Embassy in Zambia U.S. Embassy in Zambia LUSAKA, Zambia Apr 26, 2022
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On April 25, the U.S. government announced U.S. Africa Command will open an Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Zambia. 

Brig. Gen. Peter Bailey, deputy director for Strategy, Engagement, and Programs, made the announcement in Zambia during a meeting with His Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema.

Building on the foundation of U.S.-Zambia shared security interests, the new Office of Security Cooperation will enhance military-to-military relations and expand areas of cooperation in force management, modernization and professional military education for the Zambian security forces.

Bailey commended President Hichilema and his New Dawn Administration for its steadfast commitment to regional peace and stability and stated the U.S. government looks forward to building on its strong bilateral ties with Zambia to enhance security cooperation. Bailey also praised the Zambian Defence Force for its professionalism and contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions.

During his visit, Bailey will also met with the Minister of Defense, Honorable Ambrose Lufuma, and represented U.S. Africa Command at the official opening ceremony for the start of pre-deployment training for the eighth Zambia Battalion.

Since 2014, the U.S. government has invested over 136 million kwacha ($8 million) in assistance for seven iterations of pre-deployment training for Zambian Battalions deployed to the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

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