Terrorisme: un financement de 15 millions de dollars des USA pour renforcer la sécurité au Bénin

Terrorisme: un financement de 15 millions de dollars des USA pour renforcer la sécurité au Bénin

The United States has increased funding for security cooperation with Benin to more than $15 million this year, U.S. Ambassador to Benin Brian Shukan announced Wednesday, July 6, 2022. on the occasion of the 264th anniversary of the independence of the United States.

In its fight against terrorism, which is already claiming victims in the northern part of the country, Benin can count on the support of the United States. This is essentially what we retain from the message of the American diplomat stationed in Cotonou, Brian Shukan.

“As Benin strives to repel those who seek to do harm, you can continue to count on the United States as a partner in this fight,” reassured the American ambassador. The United States, continues Brian Shukan, “are proud to support the security forces of Benin to effectively patrol its borders and promote better cooperation between these forces and your communities”.

“To that end, we have increased funding for security cooperation to more than $15 million this year.”he added, noting that the United States looks forward to strengthening this partnership with Beninese security forces as Benin faces new security challenges.

For Brian Shukan, it is more important than ever to remember, especially in these difficult times, the responsibility to advance the fundamental rights and dignity of all humans. Something that is close to the heart of President Joe Biden.

An estimated annual support of 20 to 30 million US dollars

Present at the event, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Benin, Eric Jean-Marie Zinsou, sent the wishes of Beninese President Patrice Talon to American President Joe Biden and to the American peoples for their 264th anniversary of ‘independence.

Like the American diplomat, the Beninese authority also addressed the issue of security, which is a top priority in Benin. According to Eric Jean-Marie Zinsou, “As part of military cooperation focused on international solidarity and support for Benin’s defense and security policy, several Beninese officers regularly participate in various capacity building programs in the United States of America”.

Finally, informs the Secretary of the MAE, Benin is on the list of West African coastal countries, with Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Togo which will benefit from annual and multifaceted support. estimated at 20 to 30 million US dollars, over the next five (05) years within the framework of the American strategy for the prevention of conflicts and the promotion of stability.

In recent months, Benin has faced an insistence of terrorist attacks in the northern part of the country. At least two police stations and law enforcement posts have already been attacked. In terms of balance sheet, there are about ten victims in the ranks of the Beninese security forces and several terrorists killed. Aware of the seriousness of the situation, the Beninese government has taken numerous measures to counter the terrorist threat.

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