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President of Republic Receives AFRICOM Delegation

Nouakchott,  14/07/2021
The President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, received Wednesday morning a delegation from the American leadership of AFRICOM, led by the Ambassador Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, U.S. Africa Command, and Lieutenant General Kirk Smith, Deputy Commander, U.S. Africa Command.

After the meeting, ambassador Young made the following statement to the Mauritanian News Agency:

"Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude for the generous hospitality we received from the Mauritanian people. We have just concluded a broad and fruitful meeting with His Excellency the President of the Republic, Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani.

The United States of America and Mauritania enjoy a long-standing partnership since the U.S was the first country to recognize the independence of Mauritania in 1960, thus, I see a strong bond between the two countries.

As the United States celebrated the 245th anniversary of its independence, we reiterated that we should establish stronger union’’ through confronting and addressing the deficiencies just like Mauritania, which has made a progress as a country with the 2019 historic democratic transition and the continuous efforts to combat the remnants of slavery.

We appreciate the pioneering role played by Mauritania in the G5 Sahel.

Our discussions with His Excellency the President of Republic, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, were not only limited to highlighting the Importance of the partnership and cooperation between our two countries, but we also discussed new ways through which the United States and Mauritania can work together to fulfill a fair economic development.

There are a lot of challenges that face the Sahel region, but we also see immense opportunities to expand and boost our partnership. We look forward to continuing these discussions.

Before we leave, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the Mauritanian people, who have been affected, over the past year, by this global pandemic. In the last month, President Biden pledged to provide 500-million Pfizer vaccines to 92 low-and-middle-income countries. The United States has contributed 2 billion dollars for the international distribution of COVAX vaccines and pledged an additional donation of $ 2 billion as a contribution from the American people to this joint effort.


There is still, however, a long way to go, but we are making progress and we look forward to a safer and bright future. I am confident that the resilience and steadfastness of the Mauritanian people will enable them to face the challenges and I think that through our partnership we will overcome these difficulties".

On his part, Lieutenant General Kirk Smith, Deputy Commander, U.S. Africa Command made a similar statement, in which he expresses his condolences to those affected by this pandemic by saying: ‘’ Many parts of the world have begun to see some progress, but there is still a long way to go before this epidemic is controlled."

He also praised Mauritania’s pioneering role in the Sahel Region and stated that fruitful cooperative relations between the two countries would benefit both countries.


The meeting took place in the presence of:

- Lieutenant General Mohamed Bamba Meguet, Chief of the General Staff of Armies.

- Rear Admiral Isselkou Ould Cheikh El Wely, Chief of President of the Republic’s Special Staff.

- Her Excellency Ms. Cynthia Kierscht, US Ambassador to Mauritania.
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