A delegation from the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), including Ambassador Phillip Carter III, is visiting Côte d’Ivoire this week as part of a visit to the West African region to discuss regional military and security cooperation.
Earlier in the week, the group joined with scholars and security experts from across Africa to discuss a variety of issues through an academic symposium hosted by USAFRICOM in Accra, Ghana. The nearly 100 participants at the symposium included representatives from African militaries, universities, non-government institutions and think-tanks. The participants included representatives from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana as well as Nigeria, Guinea, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Liberia, Kenya, Senegal, and Burkina Faso.
Following the symposium, Ambassador Carter is visiting Côte d’Ivoire to discuss regional military cooperation. Ambassador Carter was the United States Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire from 2010 to 2013.
United States Africa Command is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department's geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became an independent command on Oct. 1, 2008.