Praia, Sep 26 (Inforpress) – Cabo Verde and the United States signed this Monday a new ‘Status of Forces Agreement’ (SOFA) in Washington to combat illicit trafficking, maritime safety, supply and assistance humanitarian assistance in the West African region.
The new US-Cabo Verde Partnership Forces and Dialogue State Agreement was signed today by US Deputy Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow and Foreign Affairs, Defense and Communities Minister Luís Filipe Tavares in the presence of US Deputy Secretary of State Rob Scott and Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva.
The SOFA agreement defines the terms of military cooperation with the US and the status of US soldiers in Cabo Verdean territory.
According to a press release from the US embassy in Cabo Verde, the new agreement strengthens defense cooperation in West Africa and illustrates the enduring strength of the security partnership between the two countries in a “very important” region.
“The agreement memorizes many aspects of defense and will allow the two countries to work closely together over the years and better address various challenges related to maritime security, combating illicit trafficking and providing humanitarian assistance in the region “, reads the note.
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