On Thursday, U.S Army General Stephen Townsend, head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) met with General Francois Lecointre, the French military’s Chief of Staff, and other senior French officials to discuss “continued U.S.-French cooperation in Africa,” according to a statement released by AFRICOM.
The meeting was held as questions remain over whether President Donald Trump will maintain American troop levels in Africa or reduce them as had previously been reported.
“France is the United States’ oldest ally and a leader in the counterterrorism fight in Africa,” said General Townsend. “We share common threats, mutual concerns, and a commitment to fighting violent extremist organizations.”
The United States has provided aerial refueling, intelligence, logistics, training, and drone support to France’s anti-terrorism campaign in West Africa.