The US Says Has Contributed $140 Million In Fight Against Al Shabaab, Promises Extended Cooperation In Counterterrorism Efforts

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has lauded the efforts of AMISOM troops in his official visit in the East Africa region. Tillerson said that the five East African countries had held their own in stabilizing Somalia as well as averting attacks in their nations.

The US has pledged to work with the African Union leadership to combat terrorism in East Africa by backing regional and multilateral efforts. The US diplomat said the US would partner with the Regional East Africa Counterterrorism (PREACT) to intensify the fight against terror.

Tillerson said that since 2016, the United States had contributed more than $140m to help partners prevent terrorist safe havens and the recruitment through these partnerships. The US-East Africa has lasted over two decades since the bombings of the US embassy by the al Qaeda in 1998.

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