Washington, DC (STL.News) – The US Department of State released the following statement:
On October 30, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will meet with senior Senegalese officials in Dakar to reaffirm the strong U.S. commitment for Senegal’s counterterrorism efforts and to support Senegal’s role as a regional counterterrorism leader.
Ambassador Sales will discuss terrorism in the Sahel and U.S. counterterrorism support for the coastal region of West Africa with National Security Advisor Birame Diop. Ambassador Sales will then meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Amadou Ba to encourage Senegal to export its counterterrorism expertise and best practices to other West African states facing terrorist threats. Ambassador Sales will also meet with Interior Minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye to discuss shared security concerns related to terrorist travel and the importance of such tools as terrorist watchlists and information sharing initiatives.
Finally, Ambassador Sales will tour the Blaise Diagne Airport, which offers nonstop flights to the United States. The airport’s security has been significantly enhanced recently through partnership with the U.S. government, to include new scanning equipment at passenger checkpoints.