Africa’s success is crucial for all futures: U.S. Secretary of Defense

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin concluded his African visit in Angola on Wednesday by saying that the success of the continent was crucial for all futures.

Speaking in the capital Luanda, Lloyd Austin emphasized the United States’ commitment in helping Africa advance its security and enhance its protection against “21st century dangers.”

“I’ll talk frankly about the challenges that we face on security, counterterrorism and 21st century dangers. And I’ll tell you why. I’m so optimistic that our shared future is one of peace, prosperity and above all, freedom. Now, our military cooperation with our African partners today is far stronger than it was just a few years ago. We’re working to deepen defense relationships that are rooted in equality and mutual respect,” he said.

Africa matters. It matters profoundly to the shape of the 21st century world. And it matters for our common prosperity in our shared security. And Africa also matters deeply to the United States and to my boss, President Biden. And I can tell you first-hand that the President believes that Africa’s success is crucial to all of our futures,” he further added.

Austin, who was visiting Africa for the first time since coming into office, called for equal partnership between the United States and Africa to increase freedom and justice for all.

“The United States is deeply committed to making sure that Africa enjoys all of the protections of the international rules and norms that advance security and prosperity. You know, other countries may see African countries as proxies or even pawns. But we see African nations as partners,” Austin remarked.

“So in the years ahead, let us stand together as equal partners. Let us work together on the great security challenges of our times. And let us march together toward increasing freedom and justice for all,” he concluded.

Source: TVP World