Ambassador Robert Scott, U.S. Africa Command Deputy for Civil-Military Engagement, traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Jan. 21-25 for bilateral meetings with Tanzanian leadership and to participate in a conference on maritime security.
Scott presented the opening remarks for the “Maritime Safety and Security: Shared Challenges and responses in the Indian Ocean” seminar hosted by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. The four-day seminar hosted about 45 participants from 15 Indian Ocean countries, along with international and regional organizations to dicsuss the security challenges affecting the region, including illegal, unregulated, unreported fishing.
“Maritime threats such as IUU fishing, piracy, and trafficking cross international borders and addressing those threats requires a collaborative approach,” Scott said. “Many of the countries participating in this seminar share borders and coastlines, and this provides the opportunity to foster the partnerships and approaches to work together to counter these threats.”
During his visit, Scott also met with Dr. Stergomena Tax, Tanzanian Minister of Defence and National Service; and Alexander Mnyeti, Tanzanian Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries.
“Tanzania has been a longstanding partner to the U.S., and I had a very good meeting with Minister Tax to discuss security challenges and areas of collaboration,” Scott said. “I was also grateful for the meeting with Deputy Minister Mnyeti, and we talked about the maritime security challenges faced in the region, and how we could support Tanzania in addressing those.”
The ambassador traveled back to Stuttgart Jan. 25.
U.S. Africa Command is one of seven U.S. Department of Defense geographic combatant commands, and is responsible for all U.S. military operations, exercises, security cooperation, and crisis response on the African continent in support of U.S. interests and to promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.
The visit highlights U.S. Africa Command's 3D approach, which leverages diplomacy, development, and defense collaboration.
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